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May 2018 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Volcano Macro by Dean Spraakman

Winning Video:

Only a few entries this month but all good and enjoyable films. I know well the investment of time it takes to make videos so it is always good to see entries. As each month passes, each film tells a story of either a journey or a location and gives a real feel for the fantastic places we are able to visit and enjoy our marine wildlife. Summer is on us now in the UK so for all of those who are not quite lucky enough to spend time abroad in tropical seas, don’t forget the rich diversity of life we have in our home waters. Have fun and good filming.

Let’s take a look at May’s entries:

Volcano Macro – Dean Spraakman

Watch Dean’s video here.

Lovely opening image with very good music and what an incredible selection of amazing critters to follow in the rest of the film. Good macro is not easy to achieve but you have done really well. Clean sharp and steady shots that were a pleasure to watch. The motion speed change for some of the animals has worked well. Lighting was good with some very creative and moody instances. Excellent. One thing I would have liked to have seen was a wide angle establishment shot or a short sequence of the underwater habitat where the critters were found.

Diving in Komodo Islands – Mervin T Thomas – The Adventure Studio

Watch Mervin’s video here.

Nice opening pre-dive sequence. Strange colour effect on the girl and people on the front of the boat thought. Was it deliberate? I can see why the trip could be life changing; what a superb place. I assume from the head title that you used the GoPro and I am guessing that you set the white balance on auto with the occasional use of a colour correction filter. This worked well most of the time but there were occasions where colour balance went adrift and became too red. If you aim to do more with the GoPro have a look at the Native (or RAW) settings and then correct colour values in editing. There are plenty of YouTube videos showing you how to do this.  Overall though a relaxing film to watch.

Ocean Born – Lorenz Fischer

Watch Lorenz’s video here.

Hi Lorenz. Not sure what is happening with playback but I have attached a screen shot of what happens when I try to look at your video. The message I get across the screen is ‘Playback on other websites has been disabled by the video owner’. I have tried several times but no joy. Would you like to submit it again for June’s contest?

And the Winner is….

My favourite video this month was Volcano Macro by Dean Spraakman. A great macro film, Dean – congratulations, and please do enter future competitions; I would love to see more of your videos.

Even if you didn’t win this month, please do look at the other films and my comments on each. It may help you next time.

I look forward to your entries in June – good luck to you all.

[hr style=”single”]’s June 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 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

October 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




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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September 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




Only two entries this month which is a shame but also great as it means I can have two winners without feeling guilty. Two very different films and both excellent in their own way.

Transformation by Dennis Deavenport

Absolutely loved this video. Artistic license used to the full and thoughtfully produced. Wonderful images creating a surreal and magical feel to our beautiful marine life. Excellent music and very well edited.

Ambon’s Hairy Ones by Catrin Pichler

Hi Catrin. As always your close-up and marcro videography is top class. Sharp, steady, well framed, perfectly exposed. Over the past months you have introduced me to animals I never knew existed. Can I assume that Frogfish are your favourite. Wonderfull. You caputured some great behaviour in this video and cut it extremely well to the music.

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

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