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June 2015 Video Contest Winner And Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EDITOR JEFF GOODMAN

Winner: ‘Project Shark’ by Tony Reed

Winning Video:

Congratulations to all those who entered their videos – all of them were good to watch. Making an underwater video does take a little time and patience both while underwater and during the editing stage. It’s always nice to see thought going into sequence structure and music choice. Quality of the video images is important but even if the individual shots are not technically perfect, a great film can be produced by creating a good mood of excitement, drama, tranquillity, and so on. Interesting information about what the film is about always makes a difference, be it in the form of graphics or spoken narration.

Difficult to choose a winner this month but in the end I picked Project Shark by Tony Reed. Technically good shots both sharp and well exposed and the story line was interesting.

Please do look at the comments I have made about each film below and consider any issues in your next videos. I’m looking forward to seeing next month’s entries.

Diving Portland with Scuba Teks May 2015 by Andy Kent

Great beginning and really got me keen to watch it through. Good images and pacey music. Loved the scallop in the shallows. The pace continued with interesting images and then a break back to the surface kept the pace going. The video certainly showed a love and enthusiasm for diving and made me want to get back into the water. Moving ahead for future videos perhaps it may be worth now trying a few longer and steady shots on the wildlife. Really like the graphics.

Project Shark by Tony Reed

Very strong intro with good information on rolling graphics followed by some excellent fast motion surface shots which kept the mood of the video going. This was enhanced with a good music choice creating an exciting intro for the diving still to come. The underwater wildlife shots that followed were very excellent. Clear, sharp and well exposed. But… because of the title and the dramatic intro I was now eager to see hammerheads. They did appear but I was expecting more. A narration would have pulled all this together and kept the audience informed on what was happening. The wildlife that makes up the habitat of the sharks – the difficulty in finding them – a little bit about their biology, and then of course the sheer excitment of seeing them.

Keep all the footage you have and on the next Project Shark dive simply add more shark images to those you already have.

Manacles MCZ by Tony Reed

Nice timelapse opening. Good music and straight into lovely wildlife. The video has a good pace and certainly shows how rich Cornish diving can be.

Mariettas Dive June 2014 by SKuba Steve Krausse

Well done on creating an excellent ‘feel good’ video. Reminded me of many of the joys of diving.

So congratulations to Tony for being this month’s winner. July’s Video Contest is open now, so get filming!

 

Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

September 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

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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August 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: 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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