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June 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: Hunt, run, hide, deceive, bluff, sting, poison: surviving in Lembeh Strait – Craig Beasley

Winning Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=ADMcSEaaLe4

What an excellent summer we are having here in the UK! Perfect for getting under the water and shooting video. This month we had five very good films from around the world which all excellent in their own different ways.

I have had it said to me by quite a few divers that they would like to enter, but didn’t feel their videos were good enough. Please don’t worry about that – it’s only by showing your work and getting feedback that will help you to improve.

Let’s have a look at June’s entries:

A Long Weekend in Barbados – Hank

Watch Hank’s video here.

That was a pretty good weekend! Nice opening, great shot and good music choice. Lots of animals all really well lit and filmed with good clear sharp images. Well done for taking the time to name each critter. Good sound effects at the end. I know the area you filmed and I thought you covered it really well in such a short time.

Volcano Macro Pt II – Seadragon Photography (Dean Spraakman)

Watch Dean’s video here.

Good stuff. Excellent macro and good editing to the music. As I have mentioned before, macro is not that easy. The images have to be crispy sharp, very steady and well exposed. With a few few exceptions you have done all of this extremely well. Just a couple of images that were soft and could have been left out. Although a good film throughout it needed some sort of positive ending rather than a sudden fade out.

Hunt, run, hide, deceive, bluff, sting, poison: surviving in Lembeh Strait – Craig Beasley

Watch Craig’s video here.

So good to have the written intro. Really helps to know what we are looking at in terms of behaviour and location and gives the video a definite theme.  Nice to have the wide reef establishing shot. This gets left out too often. The images were good and clear with very effective lighting. Loved the burying eel and crab with urchin. The ‘exploding’ ball of striped eel catfish was brilliantly cut to the music. Best ending I have see for ages.

Ship wrecks of Karamzin island – Aleksei Kondratuk

Watch Aleksei’s video here.

Huge wreck site! Excellent graphic start to the video with good dramatic music to set the scene. The written intro gave the sequence a good basis but it would have been nice to have known a little history as well. Loved the way you introduced the octopus with that dramatic zoom. Very eerie.

Barracudas of Koh Tao, Thailand – William Heintze

Watch William’s video here.

So nice to see such a quantity of healthy looking fish. It’s good to see a video that concentrates on one species giving us time to look at and appreciate their grace and power. You did really well with the close ups at the end.

And the Winner is….

This months winner is Hunt, run, hide, deceive, bluff, sting, poison: surviving in Lembeh Strait – Craig Beasley. It was a close run thing but there were a few wonderful shots in this film that in the end made it stand out from the others.

Have fun in the water and look forward to next month’s entries.

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Scubaverse.com’s July 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.

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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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