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June 2016 Video Contest Winner And Review




Winner: Tony Reed

Winning Video:

Two entries this month and both were very good videos, each with their own distinctive style.

One of the criteria of making videos is knowing who your main viewers are likely to be, so that you can pitch the feel of the video towards them. Films could be aimed at a scientific audience rather than a having a general family outlook. Or perhaps more of a short and catchy pop video style to attract passers by to a public viewing screen.

The first film on sharks had good powerful images and would for me, fall into the advertising camp where it would draw in divers seeking the shark feeding experience. In addition it did show clearly that under most circumstances there is nothing to fear from sharks and so in that respect was very successful.

The second video had a very different feel and outlook. A gentle and close look at some of the marine life around a wreck. Although not as dramatic as the shark video, it did have a quality to it that made me want to go diving.

Shark Feeding Arena – Henry Hall

Watch this video here.

Very polished production with dramatic shots of sharks. Good choice of music as well as nice graphic effects in the opening. The camera work is very good with clean crisp images, all well exposed and framed.

Although the video was exciting to watch, I did find it start to get a little repetitive and would liked to have had a little bit of narration explaining what was happening on screen with the gentle handling and feeding. Just a little about the biology and psychology behind the sharks’ behaviour.

Wreck to Reef – Tony Reed

Watch this video here.

Well done Tony. A well put together video with an interesting narrative telling a concise and complete story. The actual volume of the narration was a little low compared with the music and so could be increased to match. Love the use of the GoPro time lapse function for the opening shot. There was a good variety of shots to keep the audience interested and were all sharp and well exposed.

A difficult choice to pick a winner this month but I feel it has to go Tony Reed. I should say that this video was made by him on one of my video courses and I can only state that this had nothing to do with picking his film as the winner.

Congratulations Tony!

I’m sure there are lots more of you out there with some great underwater videos that you really should be sharing with the world, so please do make sure you enter July’s contest.

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

April 2022 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Muck Diving in Roatán Honduras by Fish Nerd Films

Winning Video:

Another month flies by. All passing too quickly. Lovely films again this month and special thanks to Maria for her many entries. Just shows what you can do with a GoPro and a snorkel.

However this months winner is Muck Diving in Roatán Honduras by Fish Nerd Films who has put together a wonderful array of close-up and macro shots which in themselves are not easy to do. They require not only good camera and lighting techniques but also unlimited patience and determination.

Muck Diving in Roatán Honduras by Fish Nerd Films

Great written intro, thanks. Muck diving is a really good thing to do as it concentrates the mind as well as honing camera and lighting skills. You have some lovely shots in the film and the easy going gentle music is perfect for the mood. Like the end quote from E.O.Wilson.

The biggest turtle in the Red Sea by Maria Bereozka

Thanks for the written intro. Makes a big difference to the enjoyment of the film. Such a lovely shot of the turtle. So relaxing to watch. Was the total lack of sound intentional. If not then there seemed to be a technical issue. If the ‘no sound’ was designed then I have to say that it was unusual and simply perfect. It gave the whole shot a wonderful surreal feel.

In pursuit of the sea devil by Maria Bereozka

I love your written introductions. Once again a great video from you and a most excellent music choice. Again I will say that I do enjoy your long continous shots which develop as the video goes on. It’s a real treat watching such a magnificant animal without interuption.

Spotted eagle ray underwater by Maria Bereozka

I think Ive’ said it all in your previous videos. Wonderful. I liked the addition of the slow motion in this one for which a the music fitted perfectly.

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

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Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

March 2022 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Ad Aqua by Lionel Pawlowski

Winning Video:

Spring is here in the UK and diving will get easier in the next few months. YES!  Lovely films entered this month. Not so many, but all of excellent quality. The one that stood out for me this time was Ad  Aqua by Lionel Pawlowski.

Good diving and filming to all. Jeff.

Diving with angels by Maria Bereozka

They are indeed beautiful fish and good to see so many together. It was a really nice glimpse at their world in a moment of time. Well done for getting close with good camera work and lighting. If it’s any help, you can always try re-framing or zooming in up to 40%  closer during the edit without loosing quality. Good music choice.

The Mystery dance of Love by Maria Bereozka

Hi Maria. Thanks for the nicely written intro.  Stunning video. Fabulous music choice and nicely edited. You do so well to keep shots running where as many people would stop and start again and it’s so good that you are not afraid of keeping in the distant shots. The ray coming up from the sea bed and into camera was perfect.

Ad Aqua by Lionel Pawlowski

Love the sentiment behind the film. Such a lot of work put into this. You created some wonderful images accompanied by superb narration. Your videography is very good indeed with good framing, sharp pictures and perfect lighting.

Cold Comfort by David Gwyer

Not the usual sort of film that gets entered but this was really nice to see. Brave people. Lovely opening shots and very good narration. Liked the interviews continuing as voice over. Very professional film. Perfect music and mixture of aerial and in water shots. I did like the characters you chose to talk. Great story and well edited.

How I meet my first Manta by Maria Bereozka

I love your passion for the marine world. It shines bright in your films and the animals you are with seem to sense this. Stunning images and great music. Makes me sit back, watch and relax with a smile. I often say in my comments to entries that film makers should have a think about narrating their sequences, but in your case the images say it all.

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

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