May 2016 Video Contest Winner And Review



Winner: Klemens Gann

Winning Video:

Three excellent videos this month and very hard to choose a winner as they were all of a very high standard. In the end it came down to the film that was most rounded and had the greatest production values, which was  Thresher Sharks hunt with their tails by Klemens Gann. A good story and script which were well narrated. The images were well shot and edited. An all round good film.

This should by no means distract from the other two video as they were extremely nice to watch, but there can only be one winner. So there are no losers, just runners up.

Cave Diving – Cenote Isla Alamo, Tulum – Mexico – Tom St George

Watch this video here.

Being a cave diver you obviously know how to control your buoyancy and hence the lovely steady smooth shots. Very good music choice to help enhance the mood of the images which were sharp, well exposed and well framed. You certainly captured some of the magic of the underwater Cenotes.

Diving with Hamerheads in Bimini, Bahamas – Dan McGanty

Watch this video here.

Excellent opening with great shots of the sharks. All well exposed and sharp which makes for very easy watching. Love the dramatic images of the Hamerheads and perfect music choice to compliment the feel of the film. I’m not usually a great fan of image mixes but in this case you made them work really well which helped to keep up the pace of the video. Interesting that you put in the extra shots of other marine life and I have to ask why? They actually detracted from the shark experience. I think I would have made two separate videos, one on the sharks and one on the other life. But, great video and very well shot.

Thresher Sharks hunt with their tails – Klemens Gann

Watch this video here.

What a beautiful place. Very nice opening to the film where the opening shots and music kept me captivated and wanting to see more. Not sure about the black and white at first in case the whole video was like that, but when it came into colour and the narration started I could see it’s relevance.

Good narration to set up the story and a very nice narrator’s voice with interesting script accompanying some great images. The explanatory graphics to follow were very good and well worth the effort of producing.

So well done on your victory this month Klemens!

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 June’s contest.


Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for Jeff is an award winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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