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February 2018 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: A dive in Turkey by Lutfu Tanriover

Winning Video:

Second month of the year gone already. Don’t know about the rest of the world but here in Cornwall in the UK it’s been a long wet winter, and I am looking forward to seeing spring and summer animals come back to our shores.

Time to look at February’s videos:

The Heian Maru – Truk Lagoon – Richard Stevens

Watch Richard’s video here.

What a remarkable wreck and thanks for the excellent written intro. It’s always good to be given background information on the video being shown. Plenty to see on her which all made for very dramatic images. Music was an interesting choice. I’m not sure that for me it was the right tempo or feel for the dramatis personae of the sunken ship. All really well shot with good sharp and well exposed images. Some of the framing was very nice indeed. Your dive model had excellent fin movement.

Shark diving in Truk Lagoon – Richard Stevens

Watch Richard’s video here.

Loved the ‘heartbeat’ sound opening. Reminded me of my first shark dive. Personally I am not a great fan of shark feeding although I understand the attraction and thrill for the holiday or occasional diver. It saddens me that we have to go this route to be able to see many sharks in one place. It’s very artificial. First we kill as many as we can find and then attract the rest into frenetic groups for our entertainment. What a bizarre species we are. All that aside, the video was nicely shot with good camera work.

The Pharaoh Cuttlefish – Henry Hall

Watch Henry’s video here.

Very nice short video. I do like single species films. The camera work was good with steady and well composed images. They were also crispy sharp and well exposed. The rapid zoom transitions you used were very effective but would have become tiresome if the video were any longer. But on this occasion the transitions were used well with the right choice of music. The on screen short bites of information about the cuttlefish worked perfectly. The ending was a bit abrupt and could have finished a little smoother on the music fade.

A dive in Turkey – Lutfu Tanriover

Watch Luftu’s video here.

Very dramatic opening with a good pace of music to support the ambience of the location. I liked the mixture of super wides and close up shots as the video progressed. The lighting was just right and added depth as well as colour to the sequences. It was interesting how the divers gave me the feeling of great care being taken with the wildlife and environment. Although the images throughout went together well, have a think about continuity of colour, even though the shots were taken on different occasions. Have a look at colour balance at the editing stage and see if you can make the water colour a little more constant without compromising the animal colour.

And the Winner is….

Four very good films this month, and having gone through all the criteria I usually use to pick a winner, in the end it came down to the film that made me want to get back into the water and that films was A dive in Turkey by Lutfu Tanriover.

I look forward to your entries in March – good luck to you all.

[hr style=”single”]’s March 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 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.

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October 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




A real pleasure looking at the entries this month and once again my life is made easy by having only two videos to look at. But what fabulous entries they were. Two very different films in terms of location, treatment, post production and content. There is no way to say one is better that the other so once again I am having two winners.

A Full review of Thistlegorm by Adutto

Before starting to watch any video entry I usually skip to the end just to see how long it is. My heart sank when I saw this one was 15 minutes long. But, it turned out to be a wonderful 15 minutes. Time just flew by as I was engrossed by the story being told.

Very professional video with a well thought out and executed introduction. It immediately caught  the my attention with a promise of wonderful underwater images and very interesting historical facts. Loved the graphics throughout the underwater shots showing where on the wreck site the  images were taken. Such a novel and useful concept. Also loved the narration in English and the addition of Spanish sub-titles. Once again really easy to do yet extremely effective. All beautifully filmed and edited with very nice music choice. The archive photos of the cargo and ship machinery were wonderful to see as was the historical film footage.

If it’s not already, then this video should be shown to all divers planning to dive the wreck. It will increase their enjoyment of the wreck ten fold. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Hunt for the hook-nose sea pig by David Gwyer

Lovely opening shots. Very atmospheric. The personal introduction from the divers was delightful. So nice to engage with people who are actually in the film. The music was perfect and the camera work and editing spot on. The length of the above water introduction was also perfect. Just the right amount of time to make me really want to see the seals underwater. And once underwater, the images and narration did not disappoint. Beautifully filmed in the low visibility with great seal behaviour. Magical. Wonderful film.

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

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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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