August 2017 Video Contest Winner and Review



Winner: Life of a Lion’s Mane jellyfish in one minute by Istvan Zoboki

Winning Video: 

This month I completely ran out of superlatives. The standard of filmmaking was extremely high and congratulations to all. As I have said many times in the past, filmmaking can be a time consuming affair but often the more time, effort and thought put into a video the better the end product.

Let’s take a look at August’s entries:

Life of a Lion’s Mane jellyfish in one minute – Istvan Zoboki

Watch Istvan’s video here.

First of all thank you for the written introduction to your video. It makes such a difference to know what is going on and what the circumstances were when it was filmed. Quite a poignant sequence reflecting the beauty of life and the loneliness of death. The music fitted really well and the camera work was excellent.

Anemone shrimp on “Junkyard”, Koh Tao – Istvan Zoboki

Watch Istvan’s video here.

They are remarkable little creatures. Good music choice which greatly enhanced the overall feel of the video. All well shot and nicely edited. Very good crisp and clear images which were well framed and exposed.

Feather Star takes his afternoon walk – Istvan Zoboki

Watch Istvan’s video here.

Great images and once again excellent music choice. The editing was very precise and kept the flow and pace of the video perfectly with the audio. The written introduction was excellent and gave the short film much more meaning.

Manatee madness – Cathrine Jægerud

Watch Cathrine’s video here.

My compliments on the written intro and your camera work. So sad to see the terrible scarring which is so easily avoidable, if only boat users would take more care. Your music choice was just right and fully enhanced the feel of the images. I personally have no problem with gentle physical contact with animals, especially when they initiate it in the first place. Many animals, marine or otherwise, are extremely tactile and sentient and if done with care and sensitivity, physical contact can be extremely rewarding. Loved the group shot.

The Lion’s Mane performs a majestic dance – Lara Dakers

Watch Lara’s video here.

The written intro was very good and gave an excellent prologue to the video. A beautiful film with excellent music choice. Very simple yet extremely effective images that captured a moment in time from our magical underwater world.

Let’s go diving – Marc Eeckhaut

Watch Marc’s video here.

Stunning images and what wonderful diversity and abundance of marine life. So good to see. Good steady camera work, all well exposed framed and sharp. The Whaleshark was breathtaking.

And the Winner is….

This month’s winning video, although simple in its shooting and editing, was a moving story of a Jellyfish. Life of a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish in one minute by Istvan Zoboki. Well done Istvan.

I look forward to watching your entries in September. Good luck to you all!’s September 2017 Underwater Video Contest is now open! Enter as many as 3 of your best underwater films here.

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for 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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