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June 2022 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: French Polynesia by Olivier Bourgeois

Winning Video:

Exciting entries this month which once again make me wish the impossible of being everywhere at once to witness the amazing marine life we have on this planet. But, just seeing your entries makes me glad to know it is out there. Keep it safe, look after it. Spread the word.

This month’s winner is French Polynesia by Olivier Bourgeois. Not only stunning images but a lot of thought has gone into the production with clever editing and great music choice to set the mood.

Love the end question from the turtle.


Just some Hammer Heads living the life by Megan Ratnam

Great experience and what a perfect way to spend a dive.

Meet the reef Egypt by Domenico Pertschi

Lovely images. Clear and crisp with excellent colour. Very steady camerawork especially on the close ups. Good music choice.

French Polynesia by Olivier Bourgeois

Stunning opening with the blue aerial and then the magnificent underwater shoaling fish. The music and the speed of the action throughout was perfect and produced a wonderful dream like quality that kept my full attention right to the end. Beautiful film, well filmed and edited.

Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, May 2022 by Graeme Parker

Liked the opening. Good to see so many happy divers. The transition from the surface was well thought out but I have to say that I was glad you changed the music at that point as I felt the opening score was a bit too manic for the pace of the shots. However, once underwater it all worked perfectly. Lovely wildlife shots with good camerawork and nice lighting. I think a gentle and informative script/narration would well be worth thinking about.

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall, May 2022 by Graeme Parker

Lovely opening with stunning scenery and perfect music choice. The colours are wonderful. You did well with the dogfish, keeping it perfectly in frame as well as very steady. The spider crabs are excellent. Good idea to put in a short shot of yourself.

Philippines Reef Fish by Dave Weeks

Great title shot and very nice transition to the underwater sequences. Good steady, well lit shots of a lovely variety of marine life. The music was a good choice but did become a little soporific after awhile. Perhaps you could think of some narration to explain what we are looking at which would add another dimension to the film. Maybe try a few extended shots of just one animal and shoot it in a variety of ways, wide angle, mid shot and close up. Love the Turtle shot, Excellent quality.

A story about human… by Maria Bereozka

Thank you for the full and emotive written intro. It’s an important story to tell. I was greatly saddened to see that boats still tie up to coral. They are mad, stupid, short sighted and must be stopped.

In search of the best shots with GoPro by Maria Bereozka

Good message in your written introduction. Beautiful long developing shot. You get great stuff freediving. Nice commentary and very good music. Is that you in shot?

Scuba diving in Tiran island with Go Pro by Maria Bereozka

Whole new ball game, filming wildlife with scuba tanks and not free diving. New disciplines to master in camerawork, lighting and editing. This was a nice film that showed the delight of just being underwater.


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

Jeff is a multiple award winning, freelance TV cameraman/film maker and author. Having made both terrestrial and marine films, it is the world's oceans and their conservation that hold his passion with over 10.000 dives in his career. Having filmed for international television companies around the world and author of two books on underwater filming, Jeff is Author/Programme Specialist for the 'Underwater Action Camera' course for the RAID training agency. Jeff has experienced the rapid advances in technology for diving as well as camera equipment and has also experienced much of our planet’s marine life, witnessing, first hand, many of the changes that have occurred to the wildlife and environment during that time. Jeff runs bespoke underwater video and editing workshops for the complete beginner up to the budding professional.

Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

October 2022 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: I meet Ray or Shark during scuba diving in Gordon Reef, Tiran island?! by Maria Bereozka

Winning Video:

Not many people realise just how hard it is to make an underwater video. They have little concept of how much work and effort goes into each and every film. Well I do and I can see it in full evidence month after month, year after year in these competitions and so I thank you for taking the time to share.


Critter Capital of the Caribbean by Scuba Hank NYC

Lovely images with great camera work and lighting. I did notice however that a few of the sections were not sharp. Sometimes this can be got away with if they are a crucial part of a gripping story, but as these are part of a collection of ID shots then they do stand out. I know it can be tempting to put in hard earned images even if they are a little soft, but my advice is don’t., they discredit the rest  of the film. I liked the on-screen ID graphics and I thought the music choice was just right.

Tiran island. Coral garden by Maria Bereozka

Nice opening surface sequence both visually and sound wise. It’s so good to show free-divers and snorkellers just what you can do on shallow reefs. Nice music and a real feel-good energy to the film.

Freediving with eagle rays. Best moments by Maria Bereozka

Such a good way to dive with rays. Nicely with with long developing shots. Very steady camera work. Love the long shots that develop into close-ups which gives the audience time to get to know the animal. Good music.

I meet Ray or Shark during scuba diving in Gordon Reef, Tiran island?! by Maria Bereozka

Well done for creating this story. It was interesting as well as well presented. I love the simplicity and personalization of your narration. The Guitar Shark was fantastic. You make all your films so relaxing to watch.


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

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September 2022 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: Muck Diving around Manado Bay, Bangka Island and Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi – Indonesia by Pim van Schendel

Winning Video:

Hi all. So close this month and great to see all the hard work and talent which has gone into every film. People generally never know or appreciate just how much effort goes into making even a short  video. But I know and I can see it in every entry.

As there can only be one winner I, after much deliberation, feel Muck Diving around Manado Bay, Bangka Island and Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi – Indonesia by Pim van Schendel  has a slight edge on the other entries with some magnificent camera work and lighting.

If you are keen to advance in your film making skills, don’t forget to look at my book https://www.divedup.com/shop/action-camera-underwater-video-basics-the-essential-guide-to-making-underwater-films/


Engelbrechts West Cave by Paul Battersby

Great opening drone and land shots which all told an important part of the story.  Good music too. Lovely dramatic shots and nicely edited. Although it was obviously quite an adventure the video there was no climax to the video and became slightly repetitive. It was crying out for some sort of information. Be it on screen graphics or spoken narration. It would work extremely well as part of a lecture or presentation where someone was speaking over it. Really well filmed and excellent lighting.

Endless blue by Maria Bereozka

Your films make me smile. Nothing special visually but the poetic and heart felt narration is totally captivating. It simply makes me want to dive.

Looking for dinosaurs underwater by Maria Bereozka

Excellent!  Great music choice which fitted perfectly with your narration.

To be free! by Maria Bereozka

I don’t know if there is anything new to say about your films. I’m still smiling at the last one. Again perfect music choice.

Caribbean Night – Creatures of the Dark by Oliver Knopken

Wonderful opening shots on the surface and stunning underwater opening to follow.  Your lighting is perfect and your camera work is very good. I liked the narration and script. I liked the story you were telling but with quite a long film I personally would have liked to have had a bit more information on the animal behaviour you captured so well even though you did sum up so nicely at the end.

Muck Diving around Manado Bay, Bangka Island and Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi – Indonesia by Pim van Schendel

Beautiful images. Quite stunning. Good steady camera work and very good lighting. You captured some great behaviour esp[decimally with the octopuses. Music works well. Such a fantastic array of marine life. What a wonderful world we live in.


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