Photographer's Note

L'International des Feux Loto-Québec was founded in 1985 at La Ronde, Québec's largest amusement park, which was created for Expo '67. From the very first year, the Competition was a smash success. On the evenings when there were fireworks presentations, La Ronde was filled to capacity and the city of Montréal witnessed unprecedented levels of crowd movement. More than 5.7 million people attended the displays in the first season, setting a record in Canada for this kind of event. As a result of this extraordinary level of success, the Competition was repeated the following year. Since then, it has been an annual event, gathering crowds of enthusiasts, including citizens from the greater Montréal area and numerous tourists.

Here the countries which take part to win a Jupiter award which will be represented by the amazing protechnics firm Göteborgs FyrverkeriFabrik and the sountrack playing in this remarquable 30 minutes fireworks.

Every year, Gold, Silver and Bronze Jupiter trophies are awarded to the winners. The Jupiters have become symbols of prestige within the fireworks industry, providing the winners with a true mark of distinction. The name of the trophies is derived from Roman mythology; Jupiter was the god of the sky, of daylight, and of natural elements such as thunder and lightning.

Australia (June 18 - Fusion Groove Dynamique)
France (June 25 - Passions)
Argentina (July 2 - Southern Passions)
Sweden (July 9 - An evening in Gothenburg)
Spain (July 13 - Spanish Passion)
Czech Republic (July 16 - Mystery)
Portugal (July 20 - Ritmo)
Canada (july 23 - Au Pied du Courant)
United States (July 27 - To Dream)
La Ronde (July 30 - Big Bang)

In its third year, the Montréal International Fireworks Competition enlisted the services of Giovanni Panzera as artistic director. He brought to the event his vast experience in the field. He was the initiator of the first musical fireworks displays ever held in Europe and an organizer of the Cannes Fireworks Competition from 1973 to 1983. Mr. Panzera also fine-tuned the famous Roman Candle for his own company, Panzera S.A.S., based in Turin, Italy. The year 2000 marked the end of the close association between the "maestro" of pyromusical arts and La Ronde for Giovanni Panzera died on September 6 at the age of 70. His fine artistic sense and his unsurpassed knowledge of the fireworks industry enabled him to set the tone for the Competition and to play a significant role in the event's success. His mission was to make Montréal the hub of pyrotechnic arts and to bring about an expert appreciation among the public.

I've kept the silhouette of people at the bottom, we can also see the big wheel from LaRonde amusement park on the bottom left, enjoy.

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