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July 2018 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: Mucky Indonesia by Jesper Sjölander

Winning Video:

Some very good films this month. Each very different but all obviously had a lot of thought and effort put into them. Macro is becoming ever more popular to video now as affordable and easy to use technologies can produce stunning images. If in the future macro is the way you are thinking of going, try to go that bit further and rather than just producing a catalogue of pretty critters look for interesting behaviour or even add some information about the subject filmed. Time, perhaps, to go to the next level of film making.

Let’s take a look at this month’s entries:

Diving the Lair – Trevor Wayne Justus

Watch Trevor’s video here.

Interesting technique for the beginning sequence as well as seeing a striped catfish on its own out in the open. Looks a nice place to dive. Well done for putting this together with plenty of wildlife shots. If you are using a GoPro have a look at close up attachments which will help you to get in closer and keep images sharp. I did find the music a bit heavy and over dramatic. Music is a very important part of any film and should be used to reflect or enhance the mood of the images. The softer sound at the end of the film would perhaps have been more suitable right through.

Into the Blue –  Marc Eeckhaut

Watch Marc’s video here.

Loved the flag opening turning into blue. Very effective. Nice to see a few above water establishing shots just to give a feel for the location. The eel searching for food and the electric clam were really good with steady shots and lighting. You have put together an excellent mixture of macro and non-macro shots all cut to very suitable music. The two cuttlefish were a joy to watch and the turtle at the end was a pure gift.

Belomor – Kiril Ivanov

Watch Kiril’s video here.

That was fun and beautifully shot and edited. You built up the tension to the dive really well. Having done quite a lot of this kind of diving myself I well know the discipline and organisation needed to make it work and you certainly captured the feeling of being under the ice – alone…..

As for the narration, well I tried to make it work and was almost there but it lost me half way through. Perhaps I should watch it again and make up my own meaning.

Mucky Indonesia – Jesper Sjölander

Watch Jesper’s video here.

Hi Jesper. Are you the same Jesper who came on one of my video courses? Great opening with the aerials, the moving title and the very effective fade in to the cuttlefish. Music was good too. This was then followed by very beautiful macro. Sharp, well lit and exposed and rock steady. Loved the cuttlefish burying itself.  What an incredible range of animals.

Close Encounters of the Large Kind – Craig Beasley

Watch Craig’s video here.

That was quite refreshing. One of my favourite music tracks but not sure it really fitted with the images. But in the end it all comes down to personal taste. Nice shark footage though. Perhaps the tongue in cheek horror could have been more effective with shorted edits and a few effect zooms in post. Where the music did work really well was at the transition point to the Rays. What beautiful animals. Loved the dolphin ending. You certainly have had some wonderful encounters.

On the Sand – Muck diving in Puerto galera, Philippines – Kristian Mears

Watch Kristian’s video here.

Well done Kristian. Excellent macro of incredible creatures. All really well filmed with a very good choice of music. The lighting was nice and the images were all sharp and steady.

And the Winner is….

I think this month there is a very clear winner simply because of the technical excellence of the videography with both camera and lights. Ignoring the fact that the location did lend itself to some amazing critters and locations, the camera work and editing was extremely good.

The winning video is Mucky Indonesia by Jesper Sjölander. One may think it’s an unfair advantage being in such a location as Indonesia, but while it certainly gives more opportunities, it is the filmmaking expertise that I am looking for and the overall audience appreciation.

Scubaverse.com’s August 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 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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