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October 2015 Video Contest Winner And Review




Winner: Tony Reed

Winning Video:

As always some very good films entered this month which were varied in their subject matter as well as style. All though were well shot with good exposure and colour balance as well as being sharp and well framed. Music choices were all fine. It would be good to see someone in future competitions trying a bit of narration.

So here are October’s entries and my thoughts on them:

‘Gammarus Life’ by Kiril Ivanov

Really nice to see some good macro videoing. Interesting animals too. All well framed with good clear and sharp images. Good colour balance and exposure. What more can I say. Oh yes… Very suitable music with a few interesting sound effects. Great film.

‘Diving Lundy Island’ by Tony Reed

Good camera work Tony with very nice scene setting in the beginning. I liked the mysterious opening shots of the seal followed by that lovely Lobster. So nice to see it walking towards the camera rather than running away. All followed by good diver and more seal shots which made the video nice and pacey. Only one shot that spoiled the film and that was the shrimp in the crevasse. It was too far away and hence too small. Do try more small stuff but it is important to make sure the camera is rock steady and the subject is big in frame. Good music and nice ending.

‘Diving in Barbados with Sandals Barbados’ by Steven Baker

Great opening and things just got better. Lovely vibrant and well lit colours with a good steady pace of animals and camera moves. I know why you put in the shot of the speared Lion fish but as you were not able to explain it in any way I think it should have been left out. Perhaps that’s another film.  What a fabulous Ray.  Be wary of the length of your videos as just towards the end it was getting a bit repetitive and so could have been a little shorter. As I often say ‘less is more’. Great film though.

Hard again to choose a winner but this time I think I am having to go with Tony’s ‘Diving Lundy Island’ video. So a second win for you Tony – congratulations.

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.

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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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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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