2013 Convention - Gerry Gits Challenge

"Create a firework device or demonstration which best exhibits the importance of TIMING in pyrotechnics and the creative effect of its use."

Examples of pieces exhibiting timing might include (but certainly are not limited to):

  • A hammer shell
  • A rocket heading
  • A transformation wheel or girandola
  • Some types of lance work
  • Roman candle ejections
  • Sets of roman candles, comets, mines, fountains, whistles.
  • A choreographed presentation

Perhaps you can create something we have not thought of or something used in a new and different way. Remember, the essence of this challenge is TIMING.


The PGI competition team lost a very special member on Christmas Eve, 2007 with the passing of Chief Judge Gerry Gits. To honor Gerry's manifold contributions to the PGI competitions over the years as competitor, judge, and most recently chief judge, the judges have decided to rename the Judges Challenge competition as the Gerry Gits Challenge, and the prize to be the Gerry Gits Memorial Trophy.

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