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February 2016 Video Contest Winner And Review




Winner: Dallas Staheli

Winning Video:

Thanks to all who entered and all the hard work you have obviously put into each film. I hope you have enjoyed watching the videos this month; please do read the comments I have made on each film as they may help you with your own future underwater video projects.

This is why I scuba dive! – Matthias Lebo

Watch Matthais’ video here.

Another most excellent video from Mattias. Well planned and shot. Supported by wonderful aerial drone images and very emotive music. The video has a good mixture of close ups as well as general reef shots. The video only lasts for two minutes which is perfect as it leaves any audience wanting to see more rather than getting bored.

Crazy Nemo 33 – Richard Stevens

Watch Richard’s video here.

What a great dive/training venue. Well shot and edited, but I really would have liked to have had some facts on what divers do there. This could be either written on the screen or narrated. Good steady camera work which was both sharp and well exposed. I realise this was meant to be just a glimpse of a nice day day out, but with a little more shot planning and editing the film could easily have jumped up a level. Perhaps you would like to think about joining a course one day as I think you would enjoy learning more film making skills.

Try Dive Session – Richard Stevens

Watch Richard’s video here.

Hi again Richard. Much better on the planning side. You had an interesting introduction and the music fitted well. Good steady camera work with nice framing. I would imagine the video was well liked by all the people who were in it but as someone who wasn’t there, I found it became repetitive and went on far too long. As with your other film, some narration or facts would have kept my interest. When making a video that relies solely on the bare images and music sound track, the images have to be emotive in some way. Either very moody or bright and active. I only say all this as I hope it will encourage you to do more rather than put you off. One last thing, don’t forget the occasional close-up.

The Mighty SS Thistlegorm – Richard Stevens

Watch Richard’s video here.

Nice one Richard. Your video certainly gave a good feel of the wreck and made me want to dive it again. Loved the ray in the cargo hold which was well lit and sharp and the colour of the ray certainly stood out from the background. Nice image mix too into the next shot. A few moments later you caught it feeding but for some reason never made more of that. All in all though a great video with good framing and lighting. It also had a nice thread going along and through the wreck, finishing nicely with the surfacing divers. No need for narration on this one, as the pictures were interesting enough on their own supported by good music.

Maldive Magic – Phil Medcalf

Watch Phil’s video here.

Good film Phil. Pacey opening with exciting shots and good supportive music. Looking at all the wildlife in the video, you must have had a great trip. The night material was particularly good.

Stuart Cove’s Shark Dive Of A Lifetime – Dallas Staheli

Watch Dallas’ video here.

Excellent. Nice use of the graphics for the opening. When the music track started I was afraid it wasn’t going to work but in fact it all fitted together really well. You set up a pace for the film and kept it going right through with very good camera work and some great artistic framing. With so many sharks in the frame, continuity wasn’t a problem, but even so you kept the story concise and immediate. Perfect ending too.


As usual it was difficult to pick a winner for the month but in the end it had to be Stuart Cove’s Shark Dive Of A Lifetime by Dallas Staheli. The video was very well shot with great camera work, a bit of pre-dive planning and very good editing. I personally am sceptical about shark feeding but even so, the video was very well made.

Thanks again to all who entered – I look forward to watching your entries in next month’s contest!’s March 2016 Underwater Video Contest is now open! You have until midnight on Friday 25th March to enter up to 3 of your best underwater videos. Enter here.

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.

Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

September 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




Only two entries this month which is a shame but also great as it means I can have two winners without feeling guilty. Two very different films and both excellent in their own way.

Transformation by Dennis Deavenport

Absolutely loved this video. Artistic license used to the full and thoughtfully produced. Wonderful images creating a surreal and magical feel to our beautiful marine life. Excellent music and very well edited.

Ambon’s Hairy Ones by Catrin Pichler

Hi Catrin. As always your close-up and marcro videography is top class. Sharp, steady, well framed, perfectly exposed. Over the past months you have introduced me to animals I never knew existed. Can I assume that Frogfish are your favourite. Wonderfull. You caputured some great behaviour in this video and cut it extremely well to the music.

The October competition is now open for entries. You can enter up to 3 videos by clicking here.

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Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

August 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Sand by Dennis Deavenport

Winning Video:

All films were excellent in quality and subject matter, but for me one stood out. As usual please do read comments made on other films as well as your own just in case you pick up a useful tip.

The Blueringed Octopus by Catrin Pichler

Watch Catrin’s video here.

Hi Catrin. More excellent films from you. Thank you for showing them to us and thanks for the written intro to this one. Once again as always the camera work is perfect with exceptional quality. Steady shots, smooth tracking, nice framing and very good sympathetic lighting. Yes indeed you were lucky to get the mating sequence, but more often than not luck usually comes hand in hand with effort and time put into just being there.

There was only one small blip for me and that was the audio transition at around 1:50. Although you did mix from one music track to the other, I felt it happened a little to quickly and felt slightly abrupt. Perhaps think about a greater gap in between with some natural reef sounds to bridge. Then use a slower fade in for the second piece of music. Nice music choice by the way.

Rhinopias by Catrin Pichler

Watch Catrin’s video here.

Beautiful in every way. Subject, camera work, editing, music. The images are stunning and very entertaining, The video would make a fantastic screen saver, I am aching to know some details on what I am looking at though. As you are a brilliant videographer have a think about progressing to the next stage. Tell us why the colouration and physical adaptations? Is there specific behaviour going on? Are they endangered? What do the prey on? And so on……

Sand by Dennis Deavenport

Watch Dennis’ video here.

Nice story. Well thought out, planned and executed. So good to have a full and comprehensive narration that informs as well as entertains. The videography was very good as was the music choice. Well edited too.

Sweetlips by Hank

Watch Hank’s video here.

Excellent opening image. These are one of my favourite fish species to see and film. The colours and patterns are stunning. The images you have created are excellent in both camera work and lighting. I did like the on screen information but not sure about the music change for each species as I found that doing this broke up the natural and easy flow of the video.

Macro Fish & Critters of North Sulawesi, Indonesia by Pim van Schendel

Watch Pim’s video here.

Hi Pim, thanks for the written intro and telling us what camera you were using. Loved the film. You have some great shots in there and extremely well edited to the music. The quality of your macro is superb.

Diving the red sea by Roberto Piroddi

Watch Roberto’s video here.

That was nice. Had a good feel to it. Very relaxing and easy to watch. Liked your use of the diver shots. The land images were fun. I love seeing the camels on a truck. Camera work was good with slow steady moves and subtle lighting. It was very Red Sea.

The colour of water by Maurizio Agliani

Watch Maurizio’s video here.

Liked your opening graphics. Very stylish. The following images were also stylish as well as lovely to watch. There were a few notable editing moments of images and music that were inspirational. This film is very different to many I see and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Underwater video art.

Great whites of Guadalupe by Martín Moscovich

Watch Martin’s video here.

Wow, what a stunning opening. I think I would have held the opening coastal shot a little longer though. The following shark shots were magnificent. What a animal! Quality of the images were very good indeed as was your camerawork. Music and editing worked well. Liked the short break back up to the surface.

2019 Diving Memory in Kohtao Island,Thailand Gulf by Vicky Lee

Watch Vicky’s video here.

Hi Vicky, loved the opening shots and the Barracuda with the cleaner fish was perfect, in fact I had to stop the film and watch that bit again. The various shoals of fish were stunning to see. All in all the film was a visual treat.

Mr.Turtle’s noon walking by Vicky Lee

Watch Vicky’s video here.

This is my kind of film. A long slow look at one animal. So relaxing to watch. Well shot and edited with great music choice.

All films were excellent in quality and subject matter, but for me one stood out. This month I am going for ‘Sand by Dennis Deavenport’. As well as great images and music he went the extra mile to make the video a well rounded story with easy to listen to narration and interesting facts. I know it takes a lot more time to research and develop a meaningful script and narration but the final product is well worth the effort in both audience appreciation as well as self satisfaction.  I am not advocating that all films should be talked over, especially when the images are self explanatory and beautiful in there own right and accompanied by the right music, but often a narration enhances rather than detracts from a video. Give it a go…..

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