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October 2016 Video Contest Winner And Review




Winner: I Remember by Matthias Lebo

Winning Video:

A great month for entries, with 12 in total – and the quality of the submitted videos for the most part is very good. Let’s take a look at them:

Sand Tiger Selfie – Amine Lounes

Watch Amine’s video here.

Not sure what to say really. Interesting try maybe.

Dancing with Seals – Victor Hawk

Watch Victor’s video here.

Hi Victor. Looked like an amazing dive with the seals. Sadly there does seem to be a quality issue with the video. Not sure if that is in the camera, the edit or in the transfer to the web, but the images are very blurred and de-saturated of colour. Looking through that, the images were nicely framed and the music was good.

Playful Blue Grouper – Victor Hawk

Watch Victor’s video here.

What a lovely Grouper. Once again, well shot but there are quality issues that spoil the overall watching of the film. Maybe try adding an underwater video light to your kit and see how that improves things.

Dolphin Dive – Julio Cesar Pitombo

Watch Julio’s video here.

Excellent. Great opening with the wide shot and then just beautiful encounter images with the dolphins. Nice choice of music and perfect graphics with the spoken sentiments. Just the right length too. Well done.

The Odyssey Wreck – Julio Cesar Pitombo

Watch Julio’s video here.

Good opening shot and more dramatic shots to follow, but in all honesty it was far to long with many similar shots. Try to think about a variety of images both wide angle and closeup.

Underwater – Peter Salvatore

Watch Peter’s video here.

Some very nice individual images put into a catalogue type edit. Have a think about some narration on the next video, just to make more of a complete video.

I Remember – Matthias Lebo

Watch Matthias’ video here.

As always with your films Matthias, this was truly well conceived and planned. Beautiful narration and sentiments. Excellent choice of music and well shot. Just one thing though, I was expecting the diver to be a lady as the narrator was giving such a personal account. Perhaps the man’s voice would have been better with these images.

Manta Magic in Hanifaru Bay – Christopher Rodrigues

Watch Christopher’s video here.

Video is nicely shot and certainly portrays the elegance of the Mantas. While not technically the best manta video I have seen, what I do get is the feeling of excitement from you while you were with the animals and hence makes very pleasant viewing.

Kissed by a Shark – Khaled Sultani

Watch Kaled’s video here.

Great opening with interesting emotive music. Certainly sets the scene. Well shot with good steady camera work and all well framed.  At first I was a little apprehensive about the long length of the video but in fact the time past quickly with some beautiful shark behaviour and images.

Got Muck? – Khaled Sultani

Watch Khaled’s video here.

Beautiful aerial video opening followed by some fantastic macro filming all accompanied by very emotive music. The constant and steady pace of the film had a quality of it’s own which enticed me to relax through it to the very end. A very good video.

Jellyfish vs Anemones – Burlakova Lidia

Watch Burlakova’s video here.

Good music choice with out of this world images. After all, these animals really are extremely dramatic. All well shot with moody lighting and good framing.

Tuwanek – Burlakova Lidia

Watch Burlakova’s video here.

Excellent reveal on the opening shot followed by good establishing shots of the area. Then, straight into the first very dramatic underwater animal. All the following images were beautifully shot but I would urge you now to go a stage further in your films and add some narration to tell a story.

And the Winner is….

Toughest one so far as there were many very good videos this month. The overall standard is now so good with all entries being well shot in terms of composure, sharpness, exposure and content. Although not always, but often, the winners are the ones who go that extra mile and add a story or sentiment to their video to make it more interesting. This month is no exception to that and that is why ‘I Remember’ by Matthias Lebo is October’s winner.

I feel I do have to mention a few others who came very close and they were Got Muck? by Khaled Sultani, Dolphin Dive by Julio Cesar Pitombo and Jellyfish vs Anemones by Burlakova Lidia.

Please do read my comments to all the films and I hope this will help guide you to improving your own videos. Have fun with your cameras and I look forward to seeing November’s entries.’s November 2016 Underwater Video Contest is now live! 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.

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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..

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

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