France's Brezac-Artifices netted the top prize in the Wynn Macau - 18th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest at a ceremony held at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center on October 1. Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Chui Sai On presented the trophy and prize to the winners, who also received a trophy from the title sponsor - Wynn Macau.
France's Brezac-Artifices netted the top prize (photo: GCS)
The 18th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest: France (photo: GCS)
The Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Mr Chui Sai On, attends the prize giving ceremony (photo: GCS)
The winners also received US$6,000 and a certificate while United States of America's Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, the first runner up and Australia's Foti International Fireworks Pty Ltd, second runner up won US$3,200 and US$1,800 respectively, plus trophies and certificates.
This year Mainland citizens were able to share the marvelous fireworks display moments as Jiangsu Travel Radio, a Nanjing based radio channel broadcasted live the last evening of the contest in a three-hour program - "Macau Night" of "Made in Hong Kong and Macau" from the Macau Tower square. A souverir was presented to MGTO by the Director of Jiangsu Travel Radio during the prizegiving ceremony.
The contest this year featured ten teams from Germany, Taiwan China, Korea, Thailand, Portugal, Australia, United States of America, Japan, France and China. Hanwha Corporation from Korea was disqualified as the duration of their fireworks display fell short of the requirement stated in the competition rules. This is the third occurrence in the contest's 18 years of history.
Mr. Antunes noted in his speech that this spectacular event not only brought joy to the citizens and tourists, but also played an important role to promote Macau to the world.
The organizer arranged the last two fireworks shows on National Day, with marvelous fireworks displays from the last team - China's Liuyang City Hongji Fireworks Co., Ltd. to celebrate this special occasion and marked the finale of the Wynn Macau - 18th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest.
To add festive atmosphere to the fireworks display contest, MGTO and the General Union of Neighbors Association of Macau jointly presented the Fireworks Carnival 2006 on the shorefront beside the Macau Tower on each of the fireworks display nights, offering an array of live entertainment, cultural activities and culinary delights.
This year again, each participating team complemented their displays with carefully selected music, ranging from rock to orchestra, to enthrall the audience with a light and sound spectacular.
The Macau International Fireworks Display Contest, organized by Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO), has always been an important and renowned event. This year Wynn Macau is the title sponsor for the International Fireworks Display Contest. The annual glamorous fireworks displays, together with the colorful activities have become a signature event that brings splendid experience to the public and visitors in Macau.