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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.

Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

August 2021 Video Contest Winner and Review




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.

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

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Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

July 2021 Video Contest Winner and Review




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.

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

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