ultures around the world have their own unique ways of celebrating the arrival of a new year. Americans watch a glittery ball drop in frigid New York City temperatures. In Denmark, they smash plates against the doors of their friends. In Japan, they ring bells. Two seaside neighborhoods in the Netherlands, however, organize a bonfire competition. Photographer Romke Hoogwaerts discovered the competitive burn between the Dutch neighborhoods of Scheveningen and Duindorp by mistake. His grandfather is originally from Scheveningen and, while walking his family’s dogs on the beach, he spotted a massive tower of pallets in the distance.