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CMAS European Championship of Underwater Videography and Photography – Madeira, 2022

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I was delighted to be asked by Kerim Sabuncuoglu, Director Visual Commission CMAS – World Underwater Federation, to be President of the video jury for the 2022 competition held in Madeira in early October. There was also a photo competition where the guest president was Tanya Houppermans from the USA.

Jeff Goodman, Tanya Houppermans, Kerim Sabuncuoglu

CMAS is a diving organization that I have not heard much about previously here in the UK. But in Europe, it is huge and I was secretly slightly embarrassed at my lack of knowledge of just how popular and influential it is.

For this week long event there were video teams from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and as they began to gather on the first morning there was a definite party atmosphere as old friends and new acquaintances got together. Some of the teams paid for their own expenses to be at the competition while others were sponsored by their governments. Wow! Now that is what I call taking sport diving seriously.

Day one started with a parade through the town followed by an official opening in the town centre.

Each country was introduced and entered the stage area carrying their country flags. There were national anthems played accompanied by cheering and clapping. It had a hint and feel of the Eurovision Song Contest to it and although I am not a great fan of that particular event, I found myself being drawn into this ceremony with great enthusiasm.

I was slightly disappointed to be the only Brit there but nevertheless I was made to feel very welcome. And, everyone spoke very good English which made my life very easy. In fact, the entire event was held in English as this seemed to be the universal language. Phew!!! Dignitaries gave speeches, contestants cheered and the press and TV interviewed all the important guests. Perhaps next year we may be able to enter a Brtitish team as I know there are many good underwater photographers and videographers here in the UK.

There are very strict rules and regulations to this contest and there is no leeway for excuses for not fully complying. There are too many to mention here but let me just say that they left no room for misinterpretation. The organisation of this event was immense and extremely well carried through.

After a practice day of diving and seeing the allocated dive sites, the contest began in earnest. Contestants had two days to film and edit their work. A marquee, set up in the marina, provided a base for everyone to lay out their diving equipment and cameras as well as the opportunity to discuss the day ahead.

After two dives a day and evening editing, the finished films and photos were sent around the world to a group of online judges to be assessed and marked.

Final discussions of the photo and video results

There were three video categories:

MOVIE CATEGORY

1.1.1.   The video submitted to Movie Category can have a maximum length of 4 minutes (included) and a minimum of 2 minutes. Videos less than 2 minutes or longer than 4 minutes will be disqualified.

1.1.2.   The proportion of non-underwater images and animations, including the title and closing credits will not be more than 30%. In the combination of underwater and non-underwater images in the same shoot, the land image will prevail. Delivering a video out of this percentage will result in the disqualification of the video.

1.1.3.   Participants can include audio files, titles and fixed images (that is shot by him/her) in his/her project. However, the noise effects, visual effects, voice-over, animation and music must be free from copyright.

SHORT MOVIE CATEGORY

1.1.4.   The video submitted to SHORT Movie Category can have a maximum length of 60 seconds (included). Videos longer than 60 seconds will be disqualified.

1.1.5.   Land takes are not allowed in this category. However, half and half shots (30% land) will be considered as underwater take.

1.1.6.   Animations are not allowed in this category.

1.1.7.   Participants can include audio files, titles and fixed images (that is shot by him/her) in his/her project. However, the noise effects, visual effects, voice-over and music must be free from copyright.

UNEDITED MOVIE CATEGORY

1.1.8.   The video submitted to Unedited Movie Category can have a maximum length of 60 seconds (included) and a minimum of 45 seconds. Videos less than 45 seconds or longer than 60 seconds will be disqualified.

1.1.9.   Participants can not include audio files, visual effects, titles and images in his/her project. The video has to be silent, without effects, colour correction, without opening or closing credits. Editing allowed in this category is detaching and removing audio, cutting and pasting the video clips one after the other.

The award ceremony was no less impressive than the rest of the week, with great excitement generated by the contesting teams. Celebrities made the presentations, teams cheered, medals were awarded on the podium, and national anthems played. Fantastic. All finished off perfectly with an award dinner and more celebrations.

While the dinner was well underway I asked  Kerim Sabuncuoglu, Director Visual Commission CMAS, to tell us more about CMAS and the competition:

The winning films are:

MOVIE CATEGORY – IRIS by Jorge Illan and Pilar Castro – Spain

SHORT MOVIE CATEGORY – My Dream by Matthias Harendt and Jorg Steer – Germany

UNEDITED MOVIE CATEGORY – Jorge Illan and Pilar Castro – Spain

There was a short official event video to sum up the week made by Matthias Lebo, underwater cinematographer and film maker:

Come on UK, we could be part of this……..!

As for Madeira as a holiday and dive destination. Great. Well worth looking into. The island is beautiful, the weather and the sea is warm and clear, and the diving safe. For a few suggestions have a look at:

To learn more about CMAS visit www.cmas.org/

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.

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Announcing the Winners of Scubaverse’s November 2022 Underwater Photo & Video Contests

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Another bumper month packed with amazing images and videos from around the world! It has certainly been another great month for entries in both contests – your underwater photos and videos are just getting better and better! Thanks to all who entered.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Photo Contest is, click here.

To find out who the winner of Scubaverse.com’s November 2022 Underwater Video Contest is, click here.

If you’re not a winner this month, then please do try again. December’s photo and video contests are now open.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Photo Contest, click here.

To enter Scubaverse.com’s December 2022 Underwater Video Contest, click here.

Good luck!!!

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Tips for… Refreshing Skills

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A hugely important subject, and one that should be considered by any diver regardless of your training level. Just like anything, sometimes life gets in the way, we get sidetracked and before you know it, it’s been 2 months out of the water. It may not seem like a lot, but we naturally start to forget things when they are not used. We slow down our actions as we are out of practise and have to think a little more in order to retrieve the information to help make decisions.

There’s nothing wrong with this of course, we cannot always be diving! But it is important that we refresh before getting straight back into it. We obviously conduct a lot of refresher courses here at the dive centre, but we are also realistic, knowing that not everyone will want to pay to refresh their skills with an instructor. That’s also fine too, just be sensible.

Our tips for this would be the following; some will likely seem a little common sense… but it’s always good to have a reminder right?!

First off, when getting back to diving, choose a buddy that you usually dive with or someone that has a higher level of competency in diving. This will give you the reassurance in the water and not have to be worrying about the others person whilst getting back into it yourself.

Secondly, choose a site that you know. Don’t be jumping straight in having seen an amazing new site that you want to try out… that can wait for another time. You have already had a break in your actual diving, without having to then also consider navigating and a new dive plan.

Next, try to leave out the brand new equipment. It’s great that getting back into diving you have decided to buy yourself a new drysuit, fins and BCD, but it all might be a little bit much. Let’s concentrate on just getting back into the water and then move onto those new additions. This kind of change can make even the best of divers anxious.

Last but not least, there’s nothing wrong with staying shallow. Our first dive to get back into it, does not need to break our dive depth record. Stay shallow, enjoy the marine life at this depth, and keep the dive nice and easy. Practise those skills if you would like to, make sure you know where all your equipment is positioned and get comfortable. The ocean isn’t going anywhere… there’s always tomorrow to get in for another!


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