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December 2017 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: Changing Oceans by Katy Laveck Foster & Jeff Foster

Winning Video:

First of all, Happy New Year to you all! Great films again in December and all deserving of a mention. As usual I have written a few comments on each film in the attempt to help with your further endeavours. Please do read them all if you can. Picking a winner is always hard and my opinion is not by any means to be taken as the definitive word. Videos and movie making can be an art form as well as being factual and can be very subjective. The important thing is that you enjoy the process of diving, interacting with the ocean environment and producing videos that you are proud of.

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

Changing Oceans – Katy Laveck Foster & Jeff Foster

Watch Katy and Jeff’s video here.

Excellent written intro to the video which gave the film a great deal of meaning and purpose. As for the film itself, truly excellent. I know many people would prefer to ignore the poor state and serious decline of all our seas – it seems to be too much for them to take in – but we can’t go on ignoring the problem and this films goes a long way towards making us think hard about what we are loosing, what we have left and why we should try our best to do something about it. Great videography and  editing with very good choice of emotive music. It was also the perfect length and style to be punchy without becoming preachy.

Komodo National Park – Tobias Koller

Watch Tobias’ video here.

Well done for having a go at presenting and narration. Both were good and added value to the overall feel of the production. Very nicely filmed with excellent camera work and lighting. Editing was also extremely good although I did find the several openings to the film to be a little disjointed. A good amount of factual information given which made the overall video far more interesting. Nice music too.

Diving with Seal, The Farne Islands – Graeme Parker

Watch Graeme’s video here.

Fun opening which got us straight into seal action. They really are the most charismatic animals. You certainly had some fantastic encounters. I love seeing marine animals interacting with people.  Although well edited with good quality images there seemed to be a general lack of contrast and colour saturation. This can easily be rectified by making a few simple adjustments in editing.

Il Cristo degli Abissi – Kiril Ivanov

Watch Kiril’s video here.

That was really nice. Very emotive. Good slow and purposeful camera moves which were complimented well by the music. Excellent variety of camera angles and perspective. A fitting memory to Dario Gonzatti. Well done.

Malta Underwater – Lutfu Tanriover

Watch Lutfu’s video here.

Excellent wreck opening and at first the music fitted well but it then became more powerful than the following images so that the soundtrack was taking over from and detracting from the video itself. The camera work throughout was very nice with good clear, sharp and well exposed images. The wide angle shots were particularly dramatic.

And the Winner is….

December’s winner is Changing Oceans by Katy Laveck Foster & Jeff Foster. It is an exceptional film with a powerful and extremely important message.

Well done to you all. 2017’s overall winner will be announced soon – and following that, I can’t wait to see your entries in 2018!

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 Scubaverse.com’s January 2018 Underwater Video Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater videos 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

April 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 in Roatán Honduras by Fish Nerd Films

Winning Video:

Another month flies by. All passing too quickly. Lovely films again this month and special thanks to Maria for her many entries. Just shows what you can do with a GoPro and a snorkel.

However this months winner is Muck Diving in Roatán Honduras by Fish Nerd Films who has put together a wonderful array of close-up and macro shots which in themselves are not easy to do. They require not only good camera and lighting techniques but also unlimited patience and determination.


Muck Diving in Roatán Honduras by Fish Nerd Films

Great written intro, thanks. Muck diving is a really good thing to do as it concentrates the mind as well as honing camera and lighting skills. You have some lovely shots in the film and the easy going gentle music is perfect for the mood. Like the end quote from E.O.Wilson.

The biggest turtle in the Red Sea by Maria Bereozka

Thanks for the written intro. Makes a big difference to the enjoyment of the film. Such a lovely shot of the turtle. So relaxing to watch. Was the total lack of sound intentional. If not then there seemed to be a technical issue. If the ‘no sound’ was designed then I have to say that it was unusual and simply perfect. It gave the whole shot a wonderful surreal feel.

In pursuit of the sea devil by Maria Bereozka

I love your written introductions. Once again a great video from you and a most excellent music choice. Again I will say that I do enjoy your long continous shots which develop as the video goes on. It’s a real treat watching such a magnificant animal without interuption.

Spotted eagle ray underwater by Maria Bereozka

I think Ive’ said it all in your previous videos. Wonderful. I liked the addition of the slow motion in this one for which a the music fitted perfectly.


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

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March 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: Ad Aqua by Lionel Pawlowski

Winning Video:

Spring is here in the UK and diving will get easier in the next few months. YES!  Lovely films entered this month. Not so many, but all of excellent quality. The one that stood out for me this time was Ad  Aqua by Lionel Pawlowski.

Good diving and filming to all. Jeff.


Diving with angels by Maria Bereozka

They are indeed beautiful fish and good to see so many together. It was a really nice glimpse at their world in a moment of time. Well done for getting close with good camera work and lighting. If it’s any help, you can always try re-framing or zooming in up to 40%  closer during the edit without loosing quality. Good music choice.

The Mystery dance of Love by Maria Bereozka

Hi Maria. Thanks for the nicely written intro.  Stunning video. Fabulous music choice and nicely edited. You do so well to keep shots running where as many people would stop and start again and it’s so good that you are not afraid of keeping in the distant shots. The ray coming up from the sea bed and into camera was perfect.

Ad Aqua by Lionel Pawlowski

Love the sentiment behind the film. Such a lot of work put into this. You created some wonderful images accompanied by superb narration. Your videography is very good indeed with good framing, sharp pictures and perfect lighting.

Cold Comfort by David Gwyer

Not the usual sort of film that gets entered but this was really nice to see. Brave people. Lovely opening shots and very good narration. Liked the interviews continuing as voice over. Very professional film. Perfect music and mixture of aerial and in water shots. I did like the characters you chose to talk. Great story and well edited.

How I meet my first Manta by Maria Bereozka

I love your passion for the marine world. It shines bright in your films and the animals you are with seem to sense this. Stunning images and great music. Makes me sit back, watch and relax with a smile. I often say in my comments to entries that film makers should have a think about narrating their sequences, but in your case the images say it all.


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

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