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November 2015 Video Contest Winner And Review




Winner: Matthias Lebo

Winning Video: 

The quality of the films this month were exceptional. Some of the locations and animals are stunning and do of course help add to the overall quality of each video. But to be fair to those who are not so blessed with 70 meter visibility, colourful exotic animals and of course expensive equipment, I have judged each video on story creation, narrative information, music compatibility, editing skills, camera techniques and overall feel.

Babbacombe Bay – Tony Reed

Excellent. Well done for trying script and narration. It was both interesting and informative and delivered with a good pace. It made the introduction of the location come alive. I liked the still image start for the Cat Shark, it gave the audience time to have a good look at it and listen to the narrative intro. This was then followed by some nice moving images. The torch behind the egg case was a nice touch. The following Nurse Hound was interesting and it was good to see its size in comparison with a Diver.

Same treatment for the Cuttlefish which worked well. Great mating behaviour. Babbacome was always a favourite dive site of mine when I lived in Devon and it was the annual Cuttlefish mating that made it so special. There came a very sad time when they were fished out, but it looks now as if they are back. Well done for finishing the sequence with the eggs.

After all this you changed the pace of the film with nice graphics which worked really well, followed by the animal montage cut to music. The whole film was good to watch. Well done.

Diving the Red Sea with Poseidon Divers – Jack Tomkins

A well crafted film with a comfortable pace which made it easy to watch. Once again it is good to hear narration. It really does bring a film to life. Excellent videography with well exposed, sharp and steady shots. Good choice of music which enhanced the feel of the film with causing distraction. The dive training sequences was well shot and edited and kept the overall relaxed feel to the film.

The change of pace back on land was welcome and then on returning to the water the narration kept the wildlife images interesting. Before watching the film through, I looked at the running time of six and a half minutes and my heart sank, but to my absolute delight you managed to keep my attention right through. I should think Poseidon Divers and others in Dahab are very happy with it.

Raja Ampat – The four Kings – Matthias Lebo

Once again Matthias, a beutifully crafted film. As I have said before, I always slightly despair when I see film lengths over three or four minutes, but the full six minutes you presented were captivating. Loved the narration. Great quality of images, all well framed, sharp and nicely exposed. Also the good variety of wide angles, mid shots and close ups, which as well as being interesting images in themselves, helped to keep a good pace to the film.

The stable and high quality aerials used to set the location scenes were well thought out and executed.

Music varied in style throughout to enhance different moods and this worked extremely well. The land based images and story at the end of the underwater sequences fitted well to round off the film nicely.

Diving in Bahamas with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas – Steven Baker

Great to see a GoPro being used well. The opening shots were stunning in that not only were the wildlife subjects beautiful but the images themselves were sharp, steady and well exposed. The lighting was also very effective. Good mixture of shots with wide angles and close ups. Not so easy to do with a GoPro but you have shown what a little patience can do. Nice choice of music. My only reservation is that by the end of the video it was becoming a little repetitive. It could well have lost 30 secs and still shown all aspects of the film. I only say that for you to think about for future edits.


As all four entries were very good films this made my choice difficult and I would have liked to say that this month there were four winners. But as I have to single one film out I have gone with Raja Ampat – The four Kings by Matthias Lebo. An excellent story, well told and creatively filmed.’s December 2015 Video Contest is now open! Enter 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

September 2022 Video Contest Winner and Review




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.

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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.

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

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August 2022 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Seals in the kelp by David Gwyer’

Winning Video:

Hi all. Thanks for taking the time and making the effort to enter your films. As always they were a treat to watch and good to see so much talent out there as well as a great love of the oceans which comes across in all the films.

This month the winner is ‘Seals in the kelp  by David Gwyer’. A lovely story of animal encounter with divers. Well filmed and edited with a lovely personalised script and narration.


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My model is an octopus #gopro #underwater #freediving by Maria Bereozka

Hi Maria. Well you have done it again. A great film. If we were to take the video material on it’s own it would be OK but nothing special. When you add your very special spoken story everything changes and becomes totally captivating. I liked the music too. There were just a few occasions where the volume of your narration was a bit too low under the music and I had to concentrate hard to hear what you were saying. You obviously love the marine world so keep on filming and sharing.

Manta Circle Part 7 – The best video on Go Pro with divers from Circle by Maria Bereozka

Nice. Lovely animal. It’s so nice to see a continuous shot with no editing. I felt like I was getting to know the ray quite well as an individual. Good music choice.

Scuba diving in Jackfish Alley dive site Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt by Maria Bereozka

Another goody. Pretty average video material but brought alive with your excellent commentary and choice of music. If you are going to do more filming with scuba, have a think about taking your time with framing and lighting and try a few more close-ups otherwise the film just become a catalogue of images despite the good narration.

Seals in the kelp by David Gwyer

Liked the introduction scene very much. You told a great story with the narration which was accompanied by wonderful underwater video. What a fabulous encounter. Really well filmed and edited and I loved the sentiment. Perfect music too.

Ghost pipefish of North Sulawesi by Pim van Schendel

Perfect written introduction and the following images were excellent. Your macro and close up camera work is very good. Steady, sharp, well exposed and well lit. Lovely film.

The Maldives in 4K HDR, Scuba Dive into the Underwater Beauty of the Indian Oceans Finest Dive Sites by Daniel French

Great drone opening which really set the scene and location. The sharks with the manta and the shoaling fish was quite wonderful as were all of your underwater images. The on screen identification graphics worked well. On a slight negative side, it was quite a long film at 9m30s to be without some sort of story to keep an audience fully engaged, despite the excellent images..

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