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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..


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

Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for Scubaverse.com with responsibility for conservation and underwater videography. Jeff is an award-winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker who lives in Cornwall, UK. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

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.

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Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

June 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: Remora attack me! Scuba diving at Shark & Yolanda, Sharm el Sheik by Maria Bereozka

Winning Video:

Congratulations to all who took part this month. Great films and all worth mention. Please read my comments to each film below. It’s a tricky business film making. So many facets to look at and get right. Story telling, filming abilities, sound tracks, editing skills and on top of all that the luck or patience needed to see and film beautiful marine species.

If you did not win this month it is not because your film was not as good as the winner. It is all subjective to the eye of the beholder. Me. Every film was worth a mention and I hope you are all pleased with your work.

Oh boy!!! This month, at first, there was one film that just edged ahead of the others. The Corona Chronicles Curacao by Oliver Knopken, It was a lovely film with great sentiment and very well filmed. BUT….then there was a very late entry by Maria Bereozka – Remora attack me! Scuba diving at Shark & Yolanda, Sharm el Sheik. Although the wildlife images generally weren’t as good as Olivers, the film was very well made and thoughtfully produced and sat comfortably with me as a viewer with a great story and perfect music for the mood. Very well filmed and edited and just had the edge over Oliver’s film.

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/

Looking forward to seeing more next month.


BDE Liveaboard 2022 by Angieseamisstress

Looked to be a great trip. You have put the story together really well. Lovely wildlife shots. The music fitted well and the editing was good. There were just a few shots that were a bit soft and out of focus which didn’t spoil the film at all but it is always a good idea to cut them out unless they are a crucial part of the film.

Meet the reef Egypt by Domenico Pertschi

Lovely images. Lots of colour and variety of animals. Nice steady camera work and lighting. Music worked well.

Dance of the Squid by Pim van Schendel

Thanks for setting up the film with the written introduction. Stunning images and all well filmed with excellent framing. What amazing animals. I did like the long developing shots. And eggs to boot. Great. The music worked really well. You were certainly in the right place at the right time.

Searching for happiness by Angiesea

Love the sentiment of the story. Very nice surface introduction. A real feel-good film. Thanks for sharing it.

Divers Go! by David Gwyer

Hi David. More UK diving…Please…….Great beginning. Just a quick comment from the start. Have a look at balancing your narration with the music in terms of volume. The music is quite full on while the voice-over is very quiet. It does get better as the video goes on. Nice descriptive narration and great mixture of archive images with the modern day church footage. A very good short story. The intervening storm was a good addition. Real UK diving. A well told story with good camera work and editing.

What do you want to see? by Maria Bereozka

Excellent. Just the right length to make an impact. Powerful images and good music to make the point of the video. This should be shown on all flights to diving and holiday destinations and tourist boards should be showing this or similar along with their normal advertising.

The Corona Chronicles Curacao by Oliver Knopken

Great opening sequence. One quick comment for the first coastal shot – please try to get the horizon horizontal. Always drives me nuts to see dipping horizons on TV and films. You can correct this easily in editing. Love the narration and the story. Great sentiment. Well shot and edited.  Music works really well. You have some superb wildlife images in the video.

Freediving with spotted eagle ray in the Red Sea by Maria Bereozka

Hi Maria,. Another great film from you. So peaceful to watch. Beautifully filmed and I simply love the long single developing shot. Colour correction looks good. Music works well. Your timing to freedive down from the surface was perfect to catch the ray coming up over the reef and give another perspective.

Remora attack me! Scuba diving at Shark & Yolanda, Sharm el Sheik by Maria Bereozka

Thanks for the written intro. Nice opening sequence and I think the narration was very good but as I think I may have mentioned on a previous occasion, as your voice is quite soft spoken I think you need to give it a bit more volume in the edit. Just to make it stand out from the music. The script content was very nice and told a good story. Very well filmed and edited with many lovely wildlife images. Loved the Remora.


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

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