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September 2022 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: Muck Diving around Manado Bay, Bangka Island and Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi – Indonesia by Pim van Schendel

Winning Video:

Hi all. So close this month and great to see all the hard work and talent which has gone into every film. People generally never know or appreciate just how much effort goes into making even a short  video. But I know and I can see it in every entry.

As there can only be one winner I, after much deliberation, feel Muck Diving around Manado Bay, Bangka Island and Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi – Indonesia by Pim van Schendel  has a slight edge on the other entries with some magnificent camera work and lighting.

If you are keen to advance in your film making skills, don’t forget to look at my book https://www.divedup.com/shop/action-camera-underwater-video-basics-the-essential-guide-to-making-underwater-films/


Engelbrechts West Cave by Paul Battersby

Great opening drone and land shots which all told an important part of the story.  Good music too. Lovely dramatic shots and nicely edited. Although it was obviously quite an adventure the video there was no climax to the video and became slightly repetitive. It was crying out for some sort of information. Be it on screen graphics or spoken narration. It would work extremely well as part of a lecture or presentation where someone was speaking over it. Really well filmed and excellent lighting.

Endless blue by Maria Bereozka

Your films make me smile. Nothing special visually but the poetic and heart felt narration is totally captivating. It simply makes me want to dive.

Looking for dinosaurs underwater by Maria Bereozka

Excellent!  Great music choice which fitted perfectly with your narration.

To be free! by Maria Bereozka

I don’t know if there is anything new to say about your films. I’m still smiling at the last one. Again perfect music choice.

Caribbean Night – Creatures of the Dark by Oliver Knopken

Wonderful opening shots on the surface and stunning underwater opening to follow.  Your lighting is perfect and your camera work is very good. I liked the narration and script. I liked the story you were telling but with quite a long film I personally would have liked to have had a bit more information on the animal behaviour you captured so well even though you did sum up so nicely at the end.

Muck Diving around Manado Bay, Bangka Island and Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi – Indonesia by Pim van Schendel

Beautiful images. Quite stunning. Good steady camera work and very good lighting. You captured some great behaviour esp[decimally with the octopuses. Music works well. Such a fantastic array of marine life. What a wonderful world we live in.


The October competition is now open for entries. You can enter up to three videos by clicking here.

Jeff is a multiple award winning, freelance TV cameraman/film maker and author. Having made both terrestrial and marine films, it is the world's oceans and their conservation that hold his passion with over 10.000 dives in his career. Having filmed for international television companies around the world and author of two books on underwater filming, Jeff is Author/Programme Specialist for the 'Underwater Action Camera' course for the RAID training agency. Jeff has experienced the rapid advances in technology for diving as well as camera equipment and has also experienced much of our planet’s marine life, witnessing, first hand, many of the changes that have occurred to the wildlife and environment during that time. Jeff runs bespoke underwater video and editing workshops for the complete beginner up to the budding professional.

Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

October 2022 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: I meet Ray or Shark during scuba diving in Gordon Reef, Tiran island?! by Maria Bereozka

Winning Video:

Not many people realise just how hard it is to make an underwater video. They have little concept of how much work and effort goes into each and every film. Well I do and I can see it in full evidence month after month, year after year in these competitions and so I thank you for taking the time to share.


Critter Capital of the Caribbean by Scuba Hank NYC

Lovely images with great camera work and lighting. I did notice however that a few of the sections were not sharp. Sometimes this can be got away with if they are a crucial part of a gripping story, but as these are part of a collection of ID shots then they do stand out. I know it can be tempting to put in hard earned images even if they are a little soft, but my advice is don’t., they discredit the rest  of the film. I liked the on-screen ID graphics and I thought the music choice was just right.

Tiran island. Coral garden by Maria Bereozka

Nice opening surface sequence both visually and sound wise. It’s so good to show free-divers and snorkellers just what you can do on shallow reefs. Nice music and a real feel-good energy to the film.

Freediving with eagle rays. Best moments by Maria Bereozka

Such a good way to dive with rays. Nicely with with long developing shots. Very steady camera work. Love the long shots that develop into close-ups which gives the audience time to get to know the animal. Good music.

I meet Ray or Shark during scuba diving in Gordon Reef, Tiran island?! by Maria Bereozka

Well done for creating this story. It was interesting as well as well presented. I love the simplicity and personalization of your narration. The Guitar Shark was fantastic. You make all your films so relaxing to watch.


The November competition is now open for entries. You can enter up to three videos by clicking here.

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August 2022 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: Seals in the kelp by David Gwyer’

Winning Video:

Hi all. Thanks for taking the time and making the effort to enter your films. As always they were a treat to watch and good to see so much talent out there as well as a great love of the oceans which comes across in all the films.

This month the winner is ‘Seals in the kelp  by David Gwyer’. A lovely story of animal encounter with divers. Well filmed and edited with a lovely personalised script and narration.

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If you have not received your prizes for previous months please contact me at jeff@scubaverse.com and I will look into it for you. We have been having a few issues with supply lately so please bear with us.


My model is an octopus #gopro #underwater #freediving by Maria Bereozka

Hi Maria. Well you have done it again. A great film. If we were to take the video material on it’s own it would be OK but nothing special. When you add your very special spoken story everything changes and becomes totally captivating. I liked the music too. There were just a few occasions where the volume of your narration was a bit too low under the music and I had to concentrate hard to hear what you were saying. You obviously love the marine world so keep on filming and sharing.

Manta Circle Part 7 – The best video on Go Pro with divers from Circle by Maria Bereozka

Nice. Lovely animal. It’s so nice to see a continuous shot with no editing. I felt like I was getting to know the ray quite well as an individual. Good music choice.

Scuba diving in Jackfish Alley dive site Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt by Maria Bereozka

Another goody. Pretty average video material but brought alive with your excellent commentary and choice of music. If you are going to do more filming with scuba, have a think about taking your time with framing and lighting and try a few more close-ups otherwise the film just become a catalogue of images despite the good narration.

Seals in the kelp by David Gwyer

Liked the introduction scene very much. You told a great story with the narration which was accompanied by wonderful underwater video. What a fabulous encounter. Really well filmed and edited and I loved the sentiment. Perfect music too.

Ghost pipefish of North Sulawesi by Pim van Schendel

Perfect written introduction and the following images were excellent. Your macro and close up camera work is very good. Steady, sharp, well exposed and well lit. Lovely film.

The Maldives in 4K HDR, Scuba Dive into the Underwater Beauty of the Indian Oceans Finest Dive Sites by Daniel French

Great drone opening which really set the scene and location. The sharks with the manta and the shoaling fish was quite wonderful as were all of your underwater images. The on screen identification graphics worked well. On a slight negative side, it was quite a long film at 9m30s to be without some sort of story to keep an audience fully engaged, despite the excellent images..


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