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April 2018 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: A very short story of an octopus by Lutfu Tanriover

Winning Video:

One of the things I enjoy about all the videos that are entered every month is seeing the different styles and treatments that I would never otherwise get to see on mainstream media such as TV. It’s been great to see experimentation in the way images have been shot and edited. Film making can be  very subjective and it is this that makes all these videos a pleasure to watch. It takes us away from the main stream formulated TV programmes that have to meet well tried and tested criteria to be made and broadcasted.  These are fun and personal.

Let’s take a look at April’s videos:

Southern Leyte Islands, Philippines – Jeff Nesmith

Watch Jeff’s video here.

The images were stunning and the lighting was very effective. Just goes to show what you can do with a GoPro. The music was an interesting choice but I must confess that it did scrape on my teeth occasionally. The turtle was particularly stunning. What fantastic colours. The general pace of the film was very relaxing but I felt the overall underwater sound effect was just a little to heavy.

A very short story of an octopus – Lutfu Tanriover

Watch Luftu’s video here.

It is said, a window to the soul is through the eye and this is particularly true in this film. The single shot was simply perfect and the music complemented it very well. In that first couple of minutes I felt I was sharing a very special part of the octopus’ life. It needed no editing, no cuts, no change of angles. It was just perfect. Super sharp and steady image. For me the film finished when you cut to a close up of the eggs and I would have been happy to see no more. I knew in my mind the rest of the story and didn’t need to see the closing shots of eggs, tentacle and predator. I guess I know why you did that. You wanted to show just what she was giving her life to. Then the eating of one of the first born by a fish really showed the fragility of the new life.

Big Animals I’ve Recorded So Far – Hank Hall

Watch Hank’s video here.

Stunning opening images of the Whale Shark. Once again the magic of the GoPro. The bull Sharks were a good change of pace and caught me by surprise (nicely, I may add). Moody lighting. I hope you got some excellent still photos from the video frames. I was ready for the Sea Lions, and what a wonderful opening shot. I think the Sea Lion was laughing as much as I was. A wonderful moment. Then the turtle over the drop off, very dramatic…..

My compilation 2 Gladius ROV – Stan Adam

Watch Stan’s video here.

First ROV film we’ve had. That was interesting. The quality of the images was quite good and the shots very steady. Music fitted well. For your next film I would love to see something only an ROV could do that divers would find very difficult indeed. Animal behaviour could be one thing.

The Forgotten Islands – Betsy Beasley

Watch Betsy’s video here.

What an excellent adventure. Lovely beginning. The slow and steady camera moves were complimented really well by the music which induced a very relaxed feel to the video. Also nice lighting. I thought the long clip of the Ringed Pipefish was enchanting and so glad you didn’t cut it short. Very smooth transition to the shark which brought about a new feel to the film. Barracuda and shoaling fish were good to see.

17 Days in Indonesia: Ambon and the Forgotten Islands – Betsy Beasley

Watch Betsy’s video here.

Well this doesn’t happen often; in fact never. A separate film of the surface side of a trip. Very brave of you to do this. Cool graphics to open with and good music. The entire film was very well put together both with content and editing. I would be interested to know if you had a target audience in mind especially as it was quite long.

Renggis and the Wreck – Megan Pettersson

Watch Megan’s video here.

I’m not usually a great fan of heavy rock music with underwater films but you made it work. The cutting to the music was very good and precise and turned otherwise normal images into a punchy video. The length of the film was just right too. Any longer and the music would have become overwhelming, but at this length it held my attention right through. Just goes to show that quite often less can be more.

And the Winner is….

More excellent videos this month and as usual I have to pick a winner. The film that held me more than any other was A very short story of an octopus by Lutfu Tanriover.  A very simple yet powerful film that delved right into the heart of another species. It was perfectly shot and  had a stunning music accompaniment.

Even if you didn’t win this month, please do look at the other films and my comments on each. It may help you next time.

I look forward to your entries in May – good luck to you all.

[hr style=”single”]’s May 2018 Underwater Video Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater videos here.

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December 2022 Video Contest Winner and Review





Winning Video:

Hi everyone. Happy Christmas and New Year. Just four videos this month. I felt the Maria Bereozka  film ‘Jingle Fish’ had the edge over the others by way of carefully executed shots and editing, which gave a good steady pace to the video.

Looking forward to more films next year.

If you are keen to advance in your film making skills, don’t forget to look at my book and/or take my RAID Action Camera course.

A love story by Ronald Faber

Synthetic voice – Really!!!  Didn’t know there was such software in existence. Should have know better really. Nice video though. I don’t get many entries with David doing the narration. Good story and well shot with great steady camera work and lighting. The editing was spot on as was the music choice. The David voice did give it a certain quality that no matter how good or poor the film actually was, the audience automatically assume it has to be professional and thus top quality. It’s a clever trick but not sure I like it.

Jingle Fish by Maria Bereozka

Nice thoughts and excellent images with great quality. All works really well. The video has a real good feel to it and I love the diver/animal shots.

Fish Dance by Maria Bereozka

Ah Maria, Once again it is your narration that lifts the film by 100%. although your camera work is very good with steady well lit shots.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Dives! by Maria Bereozka

Not sure about this one. Didn’t quite work for me. It seemed to be a collection of loose shots put together to the music.

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

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November 2022 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Sharkydelity by Fredi

Winning Video:

Such good films this month. It took me a while to decide on the winner. I had to watch them all twice. But in the end my choice was Sharkydelity by Fredi. You can seen my comments on this film as well as all the others below.

If you are keen to advance in your film making skills, don’t forget to look at my book

Time to breath by Maria Bereozka

Yep!  Love it. So relaxing to watch and I really feel a bond with Turtle. Good camerawork.

Sharkydelity by Fredi

Lovely written intro thanks. Adds so much to the actual film. It’s a great story and stunning images.

A perfect blend of aerial, land and underwater sequences. Your music choice was perfect as was your camera work and lighting which gave wonderful clear, steady, sharp, well exposed and beautiful framed images. I liked your creativity with the editing, especially where you made the most of the music phrases.

Point of view by Maria Bereozka

The written intro was obviously heart felt and moving. It is so good to set up a video in this way. Once again it is your narration combined with your artistic skills and imagination that make your videos so unique.

Underwater Red Sea paradise by Maria Bereozka

Nice feel to the video which was well complimented by the music. My only suggestion is that for general reef shots you try some way to hold the camera steady. It’s not so important with moving subjects like the ray but when there is just coral and background fish the camera must be as steady as possible.

Banda Sea, Seram Sea and Raja Ampat by Daniel French

Sounds like a fantastic trip from your write-up. The on-screen identification captions work really well.  I like the slow motion throughout. The slow steady tracking shots and the slow animal movements. It creates a very peaceful feel and the music is perfect.  Great camera work and lighting. I also like your camera angle perspective on subjects where you get below the animals.

Maldives Far North Expedition with MantaTrust by ondrejv

Good written intro thanks. I liked the personal on-screen introduction. Wonderful shots of the mantas. What amazing animals they are. Having gone this far though with the shooting and editing I would have loved to have had some information on what you learned about the Mantas especially as you were with the Manta Trust.

Calm Indian ocean by ondrejv

Stunning opening shot of the Sweetlips. Fabulously sharp and well lit. You have captured some excellent wildlife images and the music fits really well. Loved the turtle turning to look at you.

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

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