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January 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Masters of Camouflage by Betsy Beasley

Winning Video:

Yet another fantastic month for video entries. The standard just keeps rocketing up. But, if you are a beginner to the video making world, please don’t be put off by these great entries. Novice and simple films or clips are always a joy to watch, and getting your work shown and appraised is a big step to improving your abilities.

Underwater Philippines by Anita Moresi

Watch Anita’s video here.

Superb close up images to open the video with great music. Loved the ocean sound effect as well. The videography really is of a very high standard with crisp, well exposed and well framed steady shots. Have to mention the lighting as well which was perfect.

Revillagigedo Islands – Mexico Pacifico Selvagem by Tompson P Pecini

Watch Tompson’s video here.

Clever introduction to the film. Haven’t seen that done before. Good aerials to follow and the shots of the boat completed the storey although perhaps I would have liked to have seen just a few seconds of the briefing and the guests. Loved the manta underwater opening and really liked the way you kept cutting back to it. The marine life in-between was fantastic. Good to make a short break back to the surface before commencing with more Mantas. Excellent sharks and loved the tuna. Then, ending with dolphins…. how good was that!

Taboo a place for the spirit by Serge Melesan

Watch Serge’s video here.

Good drone opening which set the location scene. The music fitted well. Loved the whale seen from the shore. Moments like that are very special. Once underwater you kept up the slow and emphatic pace of the video, up until the deliberate change of pace with both music and action which worked well.

10 Cool Underwater Moments in Komodo by Hank

Watch Hank’s video here.

Nice. The cuttlefish opening was very good and the mantas were magic. Stunning animals. The Bigfin squid was spectacular and extremely well lit. The next few moments were also good but the burying stargazer was perfect. Well done. 10 very cool moments….

The secret Valentines by David Gwyer

Watch David’s video here.

Hi David, Thanks for the written introduction, it’s good to have a back story and also good to see a UK video. I did like the underwater opening with the whiting leading up to the surface for the full introduction. It’s a good way to do things. Seeing the tank brought back very fond memories for me of a film I made many years ago for the BBC about a similar tank in Start Bay, Devon. So full of life in an otherwise stark sandy landscape. Good sound effects.

Masters of Camouflage by Betsy Beasley

Watch Betsy’s video here.

Excellent opening and I love the concept. It’s a true educational video while being entertaining and memorable. The images on the video are good, well shot, lit and framed and the music choice is perfect. Even though the clips are very simple and portrait in style it’s the script that drives the film and makes it special.

And the Winner is….

There was one clear winner for me this month. Masters of Camouflage by Betsy Beasley. A well crafted educational film that was delightful to watch. Quite a simple film visually but it was the script that made it so special.  More of this please!

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

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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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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