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December 2021 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: The Farne Islands , Northumberland, UK by Graeme Parker

Winning Video:

So…another year almost over. Hope you had some good diving this year even if travelling was hard to do. One thing with not doing that much diving and filming is it gave many of you time to re-visit previous footage and do some editing. Hence there have been some great videos throughout the year. Stay safe from Covid and look forward to seeing your films next year.

Be sure to catch my zoom interview with Clayton Conn, Novembers competition winner which will be published early this coming January.

Every film this month was top quality and a pleasure to watch, hence making picking a winner quite difficult. In the end I just had to go with the film that stayed in my mind.

This months winner is The Farne Islands , Northumberland, UK by Graeme Parker. It had a very definite beginning, middle and end with an easy feel to the surface introduction, great underwater interactions with the seals and very nice surface closing shots to end with.

Dive Fantasy at Christmas Rock by Craig Beasley

Lovely written introduction. Thanks. Nice. Liked the narration and script accompanied with some great music. That was a perfect film transition from the snowy surface to the snowy underwater scene. Very clever and very well edited. The images throughout are excellent, well filmed and lit. Loved the Christmas hat.

Dive the Valentines by David Gywer

Nice opening with really good sound effects. Great narration and a well told story. Good music which fitted well. You packed a lot into the one and half minutes which kept up the pace throughout and hence viewer interest. Excellent. Even though the film was short, I felt I know know the dive site really well now.

Diving Hamsa aka Stone Beach near Hurghada, Egypt by Scubabeat

Perfect written introduction as well as the identification graphics throughout the film. Lovely camera work with very good lighting. You cut the images to the music well. So many stunning species.

The Tenant by Kiril

That was nice. I dived Lake Baikal many years ago for the BBC to film the sponges as well as the Baikal Seals. Great experience. The lighting on the sponges and Sculpin was very good.  Perfect sharp and well exposed images, all well framed and the music fitted well. Short but really good glimpse at a little known species.

Journey of the Little Sand Shrimp by En-Min Chua

That was so good. Really well filmed. Camerawork was sharp and steady and everything was well lit. The on screen graphics worked well. I loved getting a glimpse of the world of the shrimp.

The Dolphin Men by Adam Shepherd

Different!! Wow! So graceful underwater. Must have taken years of training to do that. Music was very dramatic.

Riding a Cucumber by Evgeny Kovban

Well done. Splendid film. Excellent camerawork and lighting. The sharp and steady close ups were perfect. I’ve never seen anything like it.

December diving fun at Florida by ondrejv

That was quite some opening shot. Must have been crowded down there. The two Angelfish were really nice. The shoal of snappers and the turtle were of such good quality with stunning colours. Lovely lighting. Music worked very well.

Scuba Diving Lipah Bay, Amed. by Jan Venter

Good written intro. Thanks. And… good to see someone introducing their own film. Definitely makes it more personal and interesting. A perfect introduction for those divers who are new to the area. Perhaps as a little extra, it would have been nice to briefly show some video or still images of the areas you were talking about before getting into the underwater sequences. The underwater images were lovely, with good camerawork and lighting. The music and the images were well edited. Great quality.

Dann Fenoir by David

Excellent close ups with good steady camerawork and lighting. Nice series of animals with amazing colours and designs. You caught some very interesting behaviour as well. Would loved a little narration to say what they were and what they were doing.

Nudi Harbor by Fra-and Timothy Quimpo

Excellent written introduction to your video. Thanks. Nice on scree typed message which is all to true. Perfect opening drone shots of the pier to set the scene. Fantastic animals, all beautifully filmed and edited. The on-screen information graphics worked really well. Your macro work is so steady and sharp. Lovely to watch.

The Farne Islands , Northumberland, UK by Graeme Parker

I did like your surface shots to introduce the film. Very simple but very effective and relaxing to watch. The transition to the seal underwater was perfect. Stunning animal. The interaction with the diver was what dreams are made of.  Good music and nice camera work. Do have a look at colour  balance if you can. There were just a few shots near the surface that were quite red. Easily fixed in the editing. Lovely ending with the dolphins. I love UK diving.

Diving The SS Thistlegorm by Graeme Parker

Good opening photo of the ship. Always good to see things like this. A great wreck to dive and film although as there is so much to see down there, sometimes it is difficult to decide what to capture to show the true essence of the wreck. But you did it well. Perfect music, Loved the turtle shot.

You&Mantas by Romain Francois

Beautiful animals and really well filmed. I liked the way you intercut images of the reef although I personally would have started with the Mantas rather than the turtle and coral. Great music which fitted the imaged really well.

Scuba Diving in Bali by Jan Venter

Thanks for the written intro. Stunning images with perfect lighting and beautiful smooth tracking shots. In fact some of the best reef shots I have see for quite a while. It was a joy to watch and very relaxing. My only negative comment is that 25 minutes is a very long film relying on just images. There is no story to engage with and so even though what you have shot is excellent, after awhile it does become very reparative. It would be a great video to put up on display where people are passing such as dive shows or dive exhibitions.

Bulls by Romain Francois

Nice opening surface shots to set the scene. Stunning sharks. An exciting dive. Good camerawork with sharp steady shots. Have a go at trying to increase contrast and colour balance in editing. Just a few minor tweaks will make all the difference.

Crayfish – The Salvation by Mitja Harvilahti

Very concise and interesting written introduction. Thanks. I did like backward reveal shot. Most  effective. The on-screen graphics worked well. Your video certainly portrayed an eerie location with perfect music and well planned images. Assuming the crayfish are native to the waters, well done for letting them go from the lost or discarded trap.

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

Jeff Goodman is the Editor-at-Large for 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

August 2022 Video Contest Winner and Review




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.


If you have not received your prizes for previous months please contact me at 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.

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June 2022 Video Contest Winner and Review




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.

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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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