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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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November 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: Kelp Dreams by Colby Kammerer

Winning Video:

I don’t know……I have picked a winner this month four times now and keep changing my mind. Sometimes I feel this should be a showcase of films rather than a competition and each video have longer on our site for people to view and appreciate all the hard work and skill gone into each entry.

But competition it is and so for the fifth and final time, this month’s winner is Kelp Dreams by Colby Kammerer. The production of this video is not as complex or elaborate as a few of the others but the images of the sheer beauty of the kelp beds are captivating and go to show that sometimes simplicity can be best.

Good diving everyone.


To A Fish and A Fish Answers by Betsy Beasley

I love this even before I am 20secs into it. Good narration with good narrator. Good music too. I am hooked. The images are generally good to average, but it is the storey that compels the viewer to watch and hopefully thought provoking. It is an interesting concept and one well worth exploring further.

Wrecks and reefs by David Dwyer

Hi David, Thanks for the written intro on cameras and editing. It’s always good to know. Good opening. Certainly captured the essence of diving in poor weather. I felt cold and tired just watching. But then once underwater all that topside stuff is forgotten and the dive fully takes over all thoughts. Viz looked good. I liked your narration and the music fitted well. Also good camera work and editing.

Scuba Diving The Reefs of Puerto Morelos by Hank H

https://youtu.be/tRmb342X8zM

Nice camera work and always good to see species names on the screen when the purpose of the film is a simple catalogue of animals. Spot on with the lighting and framing. Although I said catalogue, I meant that in a good way as it is always pleasing to see so much life of such a great variety and colour.

The Dark Side of L’Estartit by Dmitry Lisenko

A feel good film with images and music sympathetically and creatively put together. You could have taken the same images and completely changed the mood and feel with other music. What you did felt right and was a joy to watch. One thought though. The music gradually built up in tempo and volume and created the expectation of a dramatic ending, which for me didn’t quite happen. I was waiting eagerly for something to be revealed in the darkness of the caves.

Planet Zeeland by Ronald Faber

https://youtu.be/t-fpOqNi1i4

Very good. Made me smile…..The film was well thought out and put together. Music and narration was of course perfect. Lovely camera work and editing with well lit, steady, well framed images. The fish/crab interaction was brilliant. AND the end credit was just right.

Fontem Vitae by Ronald Faber

A great video with excellent and meaningful script which was perfectly narrated. The videography was also excellent with good lighting and framing. The music was well suited to the script as was the pace of the film. My memory tells me you won the video of the year in 2016 with a very similar film. Good to see you are still making them.

Scuba Diving with Grey Seals at Lundy Island, Devon, UK by Daniel French

Such encounters always make my heart race. For me it’s one of the best aspects of diving. You captured the seals perfectly in both camera work and editing. I liked the overall structure of the video which had a good visual story in the timeline. The reaction of the seal to the divers jumping into the water was a nice touch. The music fitted well and lent an air of calm to the whole experience.The underwater/surface shots were lovely. Don’t see those often and the seal sleeping was just magic.

Our Vancouver Island by Colby Kammerer

Oh this brought back so many great memories of living and diving around Vancouver. What a place!

Love the film. Beautiful shots of the salmon and the surrounding environment. Very well edited and the choice of music gave a strong regal feel to the video.

Kelp Dreams by Colby Kammerer

A video about the simple beauty of kelp was well overdue. Stunning images set to perfect choice of music. The natural lighting in kelp beds can give rise to some of the most creative sequences in the marine word. Great steady camera work and image framing.

Discover Our Planet by Colby Kammerer

I remember Cabo St Lucas when it was literally a one horse town and the only bar there had swing doors. The marine life was abundant and spectacular. It is shameful that this and any part of the world should loose all that to over fishing and habitat destruction. Good to know at least life is returning to the park at Cabo Pulmo. Thanks for this video as it lends hope for the future.


The December competition is now open for entries. You can enter up to 3 videos by clicking here.

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October 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

A real pleasure looking at the entries this month and once again my life is made easy by having only two videos to look at. But what fabulous entries they were. Two very different films in terms of location, treatment, post production and content. There is no way to say one is better that the other so once again I am having two winners.

A Full review of Thistlegorm by Adutto

Before starting to watch any video entry I usually skip to the end just to see how long it is. My heart sank when I saw this one was 15 minutes long. But, it turned out to be a wonderful 15 minutes. Time just flew by as I was engrossed by the story being told.

Very professional video with a well thought out and executed introduction. It immediately caught  the my attention with a promise of wonderful underwater images and very interesting historical facts. Loved the graphics throughout the underwater shots showing where on the wreck site the  images were taken. Such a novel and useful concept. Also loved the narration in English and the addition of Spanish sub-titles. Once again really easy to do yet extremely effective. All beautifully filmed and edited with very nice music choice. The archive photos of the cargo and ship machinery were wonderful to see as was the historical film footage.

If it’s not already, then this video should be shown to all divers planning to dive the wreck. It will increase their enjoyment of the wreck ten fold. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Hunt for the hook-nose sea pig by David Gwyer

Lovely opening shots. Very atmospheric. The personal introduction from the divers was delightful. So nice to engage with people who are actually in the film. The music was perfect and the camera work and editing spot on. The length of the above water introduction was also perfect. Just the right amount of time to make me really want to see the seals underwater. And once underwater, the images and narration did not disappoint. Beautifully filmed in the low visibility with great seal behaviour. Magical. Wonderful film.


The November competition is now open for entries. You can enter up to 3 videos by clicking here.

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