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January 2020 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: 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 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

June 2021 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: A Film Celebrating World Ocean Day 2021 by Ayub Mooduto

Winning Video:

Not too sure where time goes these days, but here we are, another month gone by. Hope you all had a good one. Quite a variety of film styles this time and I enjoyed watching them all. There was one clear winner this month: A Film Celebrating World Ocean Day 2021 by Ayub Mooduto. There was a lot of thought and work put into this film and the result was a top quality production.

Have fun diving and filming. See you next month.


A Film Celebrating World Ocean Day 2021 by Ayub Mooduto

Very professionally made film with great videography and excellent script which was narrated perfectly. The sequence structure was very good and well edited. A powerful film. I hope it gets a good public viewing. The music was spot on and enhanced the images. It was good to have the complete script written out as well as spoken as it allows the audience to re-visit information easily.

St Abbs Guillemots by Jason Melton

It’s an incredible feeling to underwater with ‘flying’ birds. They are remarkable and a pure joy to watch.  You filmed the encounter well and I particularly liked the slow motion when one of the birds came close. It was quite stunning,  Perfect music choice.

Those with shells by Kris Mears

Great subject and some lovely images. Your macro camera work is very steady and sharp. Excellent lighting and exposure. Good music choice.

One year, one minute – an underwater adventure by Andrea Torresan

That was a nice idea. Beautiful images with great upbeat music. What a year!

Dive the House Reef by divejackdive

Excellent quality. Good camera work with steady tracking shots. What a nice place to have as a house reef. While it was lovely to see the vistas of the reef and the healthy coral, it would have been good see in close up a bit more of the individual marine life species in such a long film.

Wart frogfish fishing by divejackdive

That was really nice. Stunning fish. You filmed it really well with excellent lighting and exposure.

Flamboyant cuttlefish hunting by divejackdive

Liked the graphics. Your opening image was lovely with the very charismatic cuttlefish. It’s pulsating body was a treat to see. You are obviously;y a very patient videographer to get such behavioural shots and keep it all in focus. The music worked well.

Mythical Creature by Keryn McCoy

Beautiful image. Simple but lovely to watch. Sharp, perfectly lit and exposed.

Church by Alex Chiu

What a location! Interesting way of filming it. You certainly captured the ambiancen of the site.

Whale shark by Alex Chiu

That was different. I don’t really like to see animals being harassed by crowds of people but the shark seemed very relaxed and I was relieved not to see any one trying to climb on it’s back. You did a good job filming it and the above water shot worked really well. I had to smile at the selfie.

underwater volcano by Alex Chiu

HI Alex. Short but dynamic.


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

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May 2021 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: Once upon a time… by Fredi

Winning Video:

WOW! What a month for excellent films. Such amazing quality in artistic content as well as technical ability. There is no better or best film out of all of them, simply one that caught my attention slightly more that the others. The winner this month is Once upon a time…by Fredi. As I said in my comments to this film, Fredi has pushed the level of film making in this monthly competition up to another level. HOWEVER… If you are not quite so experienced as Fredi, please don’t be put off from entering your film. It is by showing your work in public and getting feedback that can help improve and move forward.


Change of Seasons Underwater by Marcell Nikolausz

Excellent! Really good to see a freshwater film and a good one too. Superb images with interesting and informative narration which was spoken with great professionalism. You took us through the seasons and species with great film work. The underwater bird was a wonderful surprise, as was the catfish.

What an incredible encounter by Ayub Mooduto

Perfect written introduction to your film which describes some of the skills needed to to take good macro video. Stunning opening shot which was edited and timed well with the music. The following images were very good and a joy to watch. Not sure about the sound effects though. Sounded a bit like a growling dog. Your lighting and steady camera work was excellent. Wonderful selection of species.

Once upon a time… by Fredi

That was quite a special written story. Loved it. You just pushed the level of film making in this monthly competition up another level. The narrated story is good and the videography is superb. Stunning images. The story drew me right in and I found myself smiling as it developed.  Your choice of animal characters was perfect. I’m so glad you gave it a happy ending.

The meadow behind our home by Fredi

It’s a wonderful and powerful film with a good sentiment. Stunningly shot, narrated and edited. It is well written and conceived.  I don’t know what more I can say about it.

Manta Alley Redux by Craig Beasley

Ah yes, we all have disappointing days. Nice drone and land opening sequence with good narration and interesting script. Liked the ‘stop – start again’. It livened the whole film up. Fun music and editing. Nice story for the area with well shot images and a great variety of species.


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

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