The Mondial Air Balloon

The Mondial Air Balloon is a biyearly event that saw its début in 1989. It is the World’s biggest hot air balloon festival, followed by the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in New-Mexico, United States.



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The Mondial Air Balloon takes place at the old NATO airbase in Chambley-Bussière, in the French department of Meurthe-et-Moselle. During ten days, around one thousand hot air balloons from approximately seventy different countries took off to invade the sky. This year the Mondial Air Balloon has set a new world record for the greatest mass hot air balloon ascent, with four hundred and fivety six balloons lining up and ready to launch.

In these pictures Boris tried to portray the magic of the Mondial Air Balloon, by showing the preparation of the pilots, main actors of this event, during the process of inflation and launch of the hot air balloons, and by showing their flight from an air view perspective around the airbase.
There are plenty of professional and amateur photographers milling around the take-off area, however, to get on board a flight in hot air balloons or helicopter (Boris scenario) to take pictures requires permission…and luck. A media gave him the golden pass.


The helicopter offers to Boris the possibility to have the point of view of a hot air balloons but without being in the mass of them, and to have another view on the process of inflation. Being on the ground, in the middle of the hot air balloons makes it possible to realize just how small people are. A balloon flight is an exceptional experience, it’s like being a bird, with no cockpit and in total silence (except when the burners are lit from time ti time), it’s really unique -and even more so, with hundreds of hot air balloons surrounding you.

About the author:

Boris Untereiner was born in 1980 in France. He lives in France and works in Luxemburg as chemist/biologist and photographer. He Graduate at Nancy University. He began photography in 2007.
He has been exhibited in France and Belgium with architectural and portraits series, and published by various magazines/e-magazines/websites around the world with a report on a world record hot air balloons flight in France and a double exposure series.

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