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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.

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.

Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

September 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: Maldives Scuba Diving on Emperor Explorer Liveaboard in 4k HDR by Daniel French

Winning Video:

Not so in hotter climates, but here in the UK autumn is starting to show now and that means less diving due to weather (and cold). But all you lucky divers living in warmer places, or on holiday, get to keeping your fins wet. Where ever you are, it’s always good to see your videos from the place you live or are visiting. Keep filming and keep showing people what a wonderful place the marine world is.

Four films this month and after a lot of deliberation I felt the winner should be Maldives Scuba Diving on Emperor Explorer Liveaboard by Daniel French who produced quite superb images and edited them to a good choice of music.


Maldives Scuba Diving on Emperor Explorer Liveaboard in 4k HDR by Daniel French

Stunning opening aerials. What a fabulous place. I liked your choice of music and editing. Very effective. Then we get underwater. Great opening shot with the diver. The quality and style of the images are superb and all edited at a relaxing pace. The ident graphics are a nice touch. Loved the nurse shark sequence. Good change of pace with the anemone fish. Mantas…..excellent, as was the whale shark. A third change of pace. This worked well as it kept the whole film interesting and vibrant. The lighting on the yellow snappers was perfect. The turtle was a great finish. I always panic slightly when I see a film over 3-4 minutes as they seldom hold my full attention for the entire period, No such issue here. Great film.

Heal the Ocean by Milena Margaritova

Love the sentiment. The song works extremely well with the images which are all well shot and edited.  Some nice behaviour shots and well as good portraits. AS I mentioned last month, the baby fish in front of the divers mask was just charming and made me smile then and again now.

Scuba Diving Memoirs – A Musical Journey by Milena Margaritova

Hi Milena, thanks for sharing this lovely film again. Good uplifting music with beautiful images. Your love for the oceans is clear and I hope this film will inspire others to help take care of it. There is a fabulous variety of habitats and species. Makes me want to get into the water.

Sturzkampfbomber (STUKA) Junkers Ju87 in Kroatien by Gabriel Schmidt

Hi Gabriel. Good film and nice to see the images of the complete working plane. Always exciting as well as sad to see a plane wreck underwater. Excellent shots of the plane with good wide angles and close ups. It was very well edited and the music was a good choice. If ever you get chance, it would be nice to add a bit of history as either a narration or written graphics. There must be so much drama in the story of how she got to the bottom of the sea.


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

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August 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: Secrets of a Trash Filled Harbor by Rowan Hannaway

Winning Video:

Making films for a non commercial market does allow the film maker great latitude and freedom of expression. And that’s what we get this month with such a variety of film styles and techniques. So what makes a good, or not so good, film? Assuming the technical quality is there then the rest is totally subjective and thus it is hard to judge one against another. But this is a competition and I have to pick one. At first I was going to have two winners this month but then as I watched all the films I realised that they were all really good. So, back to one winner. ‘Secrets of a trash filled harbour’ by Rowan Hannaway. Extremely well filmed, scripted and narrated. A stark reminder of what we are doing to the marine world.


Secrets of a trash filled harbour by Rowan Hannaway

Excellent video. Very good narration and script. Such an important storey to tell and a stark reminder of what we are doing to the oceans. Tragic images and ones we should all be thoroughly ashamed of. The surviving wildlife in your film was good to see but oh so much lost. Loved the fact you shot this on your phone camera. Very steady camera work where all the images are sharp, well exposed and very steady. Just goes to show you don’t need expensive cameras to make great videos. The music was perfect.

Deep Dive 6 by divejackdive

Excellent educational video. Would be perfect for schools. Lots of lovely information and stunning wildlife images. All beautifully filmed and edited. The cuttlefish was really nice.

The Colours Of Life by Catrin Pichler

You certainly delivered on the title. Amazing colours of the life in our beautiful oceans. The music fitted perfectly. Crystal clear and well lit images. A visual treat with some fantastic creatures. Your videography is exceptional.

Deep Dive 3 by divejackdive

Same comments as with Deep Dive 6. I assume these are all part of a series and really do feel you could use them for education in schools. Might be a good market for you there.

Deep Dive 4 by divejackdive

Same comments as with Deep Dive 6.and 3.

Unconditional love and hope of life by Steven Taiwan

I just love big close up images of clown fish eggs. Hundreds of little eyes looking up into a new world. Fabulous close up of the adult coming into frame to blow on and air the eggs. So delicate. A real treat to watch. Your macro shots are extremely steady, sharp and well exposed. Liked the underlying music. Great sequence. Well done.

Heal The Ocean by Milena Margaritova

The baby fish in front of the divers mask was just charming and made me smile. The song is perfect. Often if you get the sentiment and the message right then audiences don’t see good or poor images, they just get carried along by the feel of the film. Having said that, I thought your images were really good. Lovely film.

Marine Creatures | Scuba Diving Memoirs – Dahab, Egypt by Milena Margaritova

You used my favourite shot again. Excellent. I enjoyed the various octopus clips. They are such a joy to see and film. All of the reef animals were great. The walking scorpionfish was really in sync with the music. Well done for capturing some good animal behaviour rather that just all portrait shots.

Bangka Island – North Sulawesi by Pim van Schendel

I did like your editing style with the music. Really kept my attention and your sequence structure was extremely good with some fabulous wildlife images, all steady, sharp, well lit and framed.

How to Swim with Turtles by Pete Bucknell

Hi Pete. Such a good film and such an important story to tell. Thank you. Great script and narration. Made me laugh out loud an occasion. Brilliant. The music fitted well and helped to sustain the feel of the narration. Liked the film on the turtle comment……….

The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks by Pete Bucknell

I think your tongue in cheek narration is good fun and turns normal (but good) footage into a memorable story. Good music and nicely edited. The sleeping shark was a nice find. They are usually good tempered when resting up and I was glad to see you didn’t harass it at all to get footage.

Behind the Scenes: The Deepest Man by Pete Bucknell

That was different. Nice to see a behind the scenes film. I know a lot of novice photographers and videographers will love to watch this. One of the secrets of filming these kind of projects is to have a good team with you and it sounds as if that’s just what you had. Very talented model. Great camera work Pete with some stunning images.


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

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