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November 2015 Video Contest Winner And Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EDITOR JEFF GOODMAN

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.

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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.

Scubaverse.com’s December 2015 Video Contest is now open! Enter 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.

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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.


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July 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: Black & White Underwater by Hank H

Winning Video:

Hi all, hope you are getting in some enjoyable diving and videography. The seasons have become very unpredictable the last few years and are taking a toll on all animal life that cannot adapt quickly enough. This is especially noticeable on land with birds and insects but is also happening underwater with animals that rely on predictable sea temperatures to breed and feed successfully. Help fight climate change or sooner than later we will all be searching for things to film that may have been in abundance just a few years ago.

Great films this month and the winner for me is Black & White Underwater by Hank H. The images were quite magical, and the very effective slow motion was enhanced by the black and white treatment.

See you next month.


Open big mouth of Frogfish by Steven_taiwan

Beautiful opening shots. What a wonderful animal. Liked the music, made me quite sleepy and relaxed as I watched. Nice ending too. Well shot with very good lighting enjoyed the simplicity of the video.

Baby of crown fish and tiny creatures by Steven_taiwan

Love the images of the eggs. Looked like a crowd of tall ghostly people looking at me. Great lighting and picture framing. As with the frogfish video, this was very relaxing and enjoyable to watch. The cuttlefish was magical. There seemed to be a slight issue with the music volume changing in a few places.

Fearless mantis shrimp by Steven_taiwan

That was so good. The music was perfect. It gave the Mantis Shrimp real attitude. Loved the way you just held the shot and let it develop. Nice lighting.

Deep dive in Dauin by divejackdive

Well done.Nice to have that educational feel to the narration. Having started with narration it would have been good to go a little further and tell us a bit more about the animals behaviour. The music worked well but there seemed to be a background noise throughout. I couldn’t guess what it was but I assume it wasn’t part of the music track. It sounded a bit like the cameras auto focus working overtime. You have some lovely images on the video which were all well shot and lit. Your camera work is very steady.

Black & White Underwater by Hank H

Yes indeed, black and white images can be very dramatic but is often used just to try and do something different and is not as effective as one might have hoped. But you really made it work. I thought the Ray swimming with the sand falling off it’s back in slow motion was particularly spectacular. You gave the images a wonderful surreal feeling with the music. Great film.

Deep Dive 2 by divejackdive

Hi Jack. As in your other film you have captured some stunning images but as with the other film, I felt I wanted to hear more narration with more facts about behaviour. The background noise was there again……..

Ornate Ghost Pipefish by divejackdive

What a stunning animal. Very nicely filmed and framed. As you are now part way down the road to narrating your films, have a good look at some TV clips or even wildlife films on YouTube. See how narration is woven into a film and when done well, delivers a wealth of interesting information  and so can make even a long film more enjoyable to watch.

Ocellarios Clownfiah with eggs by Nus Lobbu

I do enjoy these long developing shots. Lots going on in frame giving the audience time to see the fish in action. The following egg shots were lovely. Very steady macro camera work and very well lit.

Camouflage by Nus Lobbu

Remarkable camouflage. You did well to spot them in the first place. Perfect steady shots. What a tragedy though that it was with a plastic bag and not natural reef. The pictures spoke for themselves but it would have been good to have had just a little background information.

Seapen crab with eggs by Nus Lobbu

Your macro shots really are excellent. Once again, so nice to watch a single developing shot.


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