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November 2020 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: Kelp Dreams by Colby Kammerer

Winning Video:

I don’t know……I have picked a winner this month four times now and keep changing my mind. Sometimes I feel this should be a showcase of films rather than a competition and each video have longer on our site for people to view and appreciate all the hard work and skill gone into each entry.

But competition it is and so for the fifth and final time, this month’s winner is Kelp Dreams by Colby Kammerer. The production of this video is not as complex or elaborate as a few of the others but the images of the sheer beauty of the kelp beds are captivating and go to show that sometimes simplicity can be best.

Good diving everyone.


To A Fish and A Fish Answers by Betsy Beasley

I love this even before I am 20secs into it. Good narration with good narrator. Good music too. I am hooked. The images are generally good to average, but it is the storey that compels the viewer to watch and hopefully thought provoking. It is an interesting concept and one well worth exploring further.

Wrecks and reefs by David Dwyer

Hi David, Thanks for the written intro on cameras and editing. It’s always good to know. Good opening. Certainly captured the essence of diving in poor weather. I felt cold and tired just watching. But then once underwater all that topside stuff is forgotten and the dive fully takes over all thoughts. Viz looked good. I liked your narration and the music fitted well. Also good camera work and editing.

Scuba Diving The Reefs of Puerto Morelos by Hank H

https://youtu.be/tRmb342X8zM

Nice camera work and always good to see species names on the screen when the purpose of the film is a simple catalogue of animals. Spot on with the lighting and framing. Although I said catalogue, I meant that in a good way as it is always pleasing to see so much life of such a great variety and colour.

The Dark Side of L’Estartit by Dmitry Lisenko

A feel good film with images and music sympathetically and creatively put together. You could have taken the same images and completely changed the mood and feel with other music. What you did felt right and was a joy to watch. One thought though. The music gradually built up in tempo and volume and created the expectation of a dramatic ending, which for me didn’t quite happen. I was waiting eagerly for something to be revealed in the darkness of the caves.

Planet Zeeland by Ronald Faber

https://youtu.be/t-fpOqNi1i4

Very good. Made me smile…..The film was well thought out and put together. Music and narration was of course perfect. Lovely camera work and editing with well lit, steady, well framed images. The fish/crab interaction was brilliant. AND the end credit was just right.

Fontem Vitae by Ronald Faber

A great video with excellent and meaningful script which was perfectly narrated. The videography was also excellent with good lighting and framing. The music was well suited to the script as was the pace of the film. My memory tells me you won the video of the year in 2016 with a very similar film. Good to see you are still making them.

Scuba Diving with Grey Seals at Lundy Island, Devon, UK by Daniel French

Such encounters always make my heart race. For me it’s one of the best aspects of diving. You captured the seals perfectly in both camera work and editing. I liked the overall structure of the video which had a good visual story in the timeline. The reaction of the seal to the divers jumping into the water was a nice touch. The music fitted well and lent an air of calm to the whole experience.The underwater/surface shots were lovely. Don’t see those often and the seal sleeping was just magic.

Our Vancouver Island by Colby Kammerer

Oh this brought back so many great memories of living and diving around Vancouver. What a place!

Love the film. Beautiful shots of the salmon and the surrounding environment. Very well edited and the choice of music gave a strong regal feel to the video.

Kelp Dreams by Colby Kammerer

A video about the simple beauty of kelp was well overdue. Stunning images set to perfect choice of music. The natural lighting in kelp beds can give rise to some of the most creative sequences in the marine word. Great steady camera work and image framing.

Discover Our Planet by Colby Kammerer

I remember Cabo St Lucas when it was literally a one horse town and the only bar there had swing doors. The marine life was abundant and spectacular. It is shameful that this and any part of the world should loose all that to over fishing and habitat destruction. Good to know at least life is returning to the park at Cabo Pulmo. Thanks for this video as it lends hope for the future.


The December competition is now open for entries. You can enter up to 3 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

April 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: Gems of Southeast Asia // Thailand & Myanmar by Andreas G Fiskeseth

Winning Video:

Great month for entries where the art of story telling seems to be growing. The use of drone shots along with pre-dive sequences is also on the increase as affordable technology makes the hardware more accessible. But even with that extra technology the underwater sequences are of a very high standard and a joy to watch. This month, based simply on the camera work and editing, the winner is ‘Gems of Southeast Asia // Thailand & Myanmar’ by Andreas G Fiskeseth.

Even if you did not win the month, please do read my comments to other entries as there may be something there to help you with your own films.


The eyes of Komodo by Celine – Travel2Sea

Just read your written intro and yes indeed you are very lucky to be have been able to dive Komodo during Covid. Very jealous. Fabulous opening to your film. Love the mixture of above and below shots along with the drone footage and the music really set up the film well. The drone dolphins were excellent and loved the way you cut into the underwater. The whole film has a great feel to it with momentum and power. The camera work is spot on with sharp, steady, well framed and exposed images.

Mawar, the dugong of Alor by Celine – Travel2Sea

Excellent story and very well told. Lovely opening both visually and with sound, although I thought there were a few minor sound level issues throughout. All beautifully filmed and poignant thoughts from Pak Oneh. Having gone this far in making a thoughtful and environmental film could I suggest that it would have been good to know why the dugong was alone and it would have been very powerful to have heard Pak’s voice telling us why he does this.

Nounours, the Teddy bear who wanted to become a scuba diver! by Celine – Travel2Sea

That was fun and very well done. Loved the music.

Dive the Red Sea by David Gwyer

Hi David. Well done for putting this together. Lovely to hear the narrative. I did feel though that it was fighting the music track in places for both space and volume. Have a look at it again, keeping the music track on a slightly lower level.

Gems of Southeast Asia // Thailand & Myanmar by Andreas G Fiskeseth

Good powerful opening images cut well to a dramatic music track. Was the lady on the dock one of the Gems of Southeast Asia? Nice well filmed wildlife images with good camera work and lighting. Often when a dramatic sound track is used throughout a film, the images don’t always manage to be equally dramatic. But this was not the case with your film as you made it all work together to the end.

Branksome Beach by Jonathan Bailey

I’ve had the same conversation with people on the beach but more often than not it is with fishermen who want to know if there is anything worth catching. I always have to say ‘no, nothing out there mate’. Liked your introduction. Had a good feel to it which told a story. Nice to see so many UK species. The on screen written information worked really well and made the video far more interesting. The jellyfish and cuttlefish were fun.

Amongst the Critters 4k by Marcelo Johan Ogata

What a place! Very stylish drone shots and land based opening which established a perfect moody feel for the film. The underwater images are stunning and the music is perfect. Your camera work and lighting is exceptional. I love the slow steady camera moves with the great variety of shot sizes and angles.

Eckernförder Delphin (1) by Ulli Nilsson

Hi Ulli, what a fabulous encounter. Where was it? The shots of it playing with your hand on the surface are wonderful. Although the encounter itself is spectacular, for a fifteen minute film it would have been nice to have had a bit of background information on what is happening. Is the dolphin male or female, how old, why is it alone, is it a regular visitor and so on.

Delphin (2) by Ulli Nilsson

Hi again Ulli. Same comments as before really. Perhaps have a go at some editing just to shorten the film and concentrate on the highlights to make the film more powerful.

The Rockfish swim by Alison Smith

That was nice. One single developing shot with a curious fish. Perfect. No need for any editing and the short length of the film did not need any extra ingredients like music or narration.

The Melibe Leonina Family by Alison Smith

Same comments as with the Rockfish, except this time, as the subject was not so charismatic, perhaps a little music would have been worth considering.

Monterey bay – Monestary beach by Alison Smith

You have a very visual style and your videos are relaxing to watch. Did I recognise your favourite Rockfish?

Sharks and caves by Brandon Hannan

That was quite lovely. So simple yet extremely moving. I loved the brief glimpse of a moment in time of the shark. The music fitted perfectly. The image itself was well framed and exposed.

Eckernförder Delphin (3) by Ulli Nilsson

I applaud your enthusiasm for the encounter.


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

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March 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: Breathing under the sea by Noemie Stroh

Winning Video:

Oh I don’t know! Every film once again was top quality and everyone must feel proud of their work.  For me this month the most outstanding film was Breathing under the sea by Noemie Stroh which just had that little extra in it’s editing and overall treatment.

Thanks to everyone for your amazing entries and look forward to seeing more next month.


Mediterranean sea by A deep forest by Claudio Valerio

Hi Claudio, thanks for setting up your film with the excellent written introduction. Fabulous quality right from the start and I loved the slow pace of the film which was edited perfectly to the music. Great lighting, which brought out all the amazing coral colours to their full glory. I loved the slow camera moves in your close up shots which gave the video a real cinema feel. The cutting to and from the divers worked well. The video was a perfect visual treat. What a beautiful area to dive!

Breathing under the sea by Noemie Stroh

Wow, that was terrific. Great quality of images with wonderful wildlife. Your commentary worked very well and having a French accent didn’t do any harm. The words and sentiment were well thought out and moving. I have to say again that the wildlife images were fabulous and very well lit. Great film.

We are Swanwick Divers by David Gwyer

Thanks for the intro David. Swanwick Divers must be pleased with this. Good pace and nice bright music. Camera work was good as was the editing. Although it’s always good to use your own footage in this type of promo video, it may be an idea to think about incorporating 3rd party clips as well. As long as you list the names of contributors and edit yourself, then that is perfectly fine. I only mention this because I’m sure that over the years various people from the group must have caught some exceptional moments that would boost the clubs profile even more. I do the same myself when shooting a promo for lets say a tourist board. I do the trip and then ask around for anyone who has great video clips that I would have no chance of capturing during my short visit. I then give credit where it’s due and everyone is happy.

Similans – Thailand // Liveaboard experience by Andreas Fiskeseth

Very nice. Loved the anemone tracking shot with the wreck behind. Good touch with the freeze frame and really well cut to the music which was the perfect choice for the videos treatment. The drone and life on board sequence was terrific especially with the slow motion. Great wildlife images all beautifully shot and lit. Great film.

Turtle moments by Zaflee Bin Md Suibarek

Your opening shot was wonderful. For me it could have lasted for another minute. I felt I was peeking in a secret moment of the turtles life. I love the simplicity of the video and the music choice was perfect.

Treasure Bay by Craig Beasley

What an adventure! Very exciting story in the written introduction which carried on into the video. Nice that you did the music yourself as well as the very professional narration. Excellent rock steady macro camera work and lighting on stunning creatures.


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