June 2017 Video Contest Winner And Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND RESIDENT UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EXPERT JEFF GOODMAN

Winner: Down here by Klemens Gann

Winning Video:

Yet again a month of wonderful films coming into the Scubaverse Monthly Video Contest. The standard just keeps going up and up. Congratulations to you all on all the hard work you have put into these entries.

Let’s take a look at June’s videos:

Mantas of Costa Rica – Henry Hall

Watch Henry’s video here.

Hi Henry, very nice video and well done for putting up the clear and informative information graphics which made such a difference to the film. Music fitted the images well. All well shot with good sharp and well exposed images.

I am hungry – Nut

Watch Nut’s video here.

Short but sweet. Great shot and not often seen when the camera is set up.

Down here – Klemens Gann

Watch Klemens’ video here.

All round excellent film. Great message with lovely narration. Good camera work with crisp sharp well exposed and well framed images. Very well edited. What more can I say. Oh yes, music was just right. I loved the line ‘a brief encounter lasting for a lifetime’. So true.

Cave Diving Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich – Jonathon Di Cecco

Watch Jonathon’s video here.

Very atmospheric beginning both visually and musically. Excellent yet simple lighting that really gave the feeling of exploration rather than an over produced set up. Beautifully filmed and edited.

Dare yourself to dive into this cave of wonders and challenges ~ Turtle Cave/Turtle Tumb – Joe Starzz

Watch Joe’s video here.

Thanks for the written intro. Makes such a difference. Love your opening graphic. Made me smile. Fascinating place and all well shot but I was left aching for some facts on why, how and when the turtles got in there.

Sipadan Island: The Dive Mecca – Joe Starzz

Watch Joe’s video here.

Nice to have the written introduction to your film. Good set up location images before getting into the water. Wonderful great shoals of fish. Such a rich looking place. All well filmed with nice pacey music and very good ending shot.

A glimpse of Philippines – Vincent E Sousa

Watch Vincent’s video here.

Good to see this use of a written intro is catching on. Excellent stylish opening to this video followed by very nice underwater images which were well framed with good exposure and colour balance. Made me feel I wanted to be there. Music fitted well. Good idea to break up the underwater stuff with another topside sequence.

Philippines bubbles – Laurent Guigue

Watch Laurent’s video here

Laurent, you are obviously very talented and have put together some truly wonderful images, but without a story or some sort of theme and narrative 13.5 minutes is far too long for a competition entry.

It’s A Moray – Genny Donaldson

Watch Genny’s video here.

Love the choice of music. Made me smile out loud. Really well shot video and I liked the reveal of the moray. Very classy. Isn’t it just the best experience when you are with such a magnificent animal that simply pays you no attention at all and continues on in its daily routine. The end photo was good.

And the Winner is….

There can only be one winner I’m afraid and this month it is Down here by Klemens Gann. Extremely well shot with a wonderful message and sentiment. Technically it was perfect and artistically it was inspiring. I occasionally like to give a special mention to a few other entries but this month they were all good and so once again I say well done to all and look forward to next month.

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for Scubaverse.com. Jeff is an award winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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