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October 2018 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Diving Komodo by Marc Eeckhaut

Winning Video:

Having been at the Birmingham dive show over the weekend, I saw many hi-quality videos on display shot from around the world. I can say without any reservation that all of the films in this month’s competition were of that same high standard and as such all entrants should be proud of their achievements. I did hear someone at the show commenting that video was a waste of time especially as so much effort was needed for editing. Well, all I can say is take a good look at this month’s entries and be awed.

Please do have a look at all the film comments as well as those on your own entry.

Let’s take a look at this month’s entries:

Rudi Nudi by Jack Breedon

Watch Jack’s video here.

Hi Jack. Stunning images and as you say, very calming to watch. There was no sound. Was that intentional?

Below Bunurong by Jack Breedon

Watch Jack’s video here.

Film maker and musician! Excellent. Loved the film. Beautifully shot with some great animals. The shark and ray were especially captivating. All on a snorkel too!

Soft Coral at Bare Island by Sylvi Soe

Watch Sylvi’s video here

That was quite magical. Great to see a new type of treatment to underwater clips. As you say, the mood was perfect for a glass of wine next to the fire.

Short-Headed Seahorse by Seadragon Photography (Dean Spraakman)

Watch Dean’s video here.

Crazy creatures. That was excellent and good music too. I liked the concentration on one animal. Well filmed with crisp, well exposed and well framed images. The music could have faded out a little slower at the end as it was a bit abrupt.

Diving Komodo by Marc Eeckhaut

Watch Marc’s video here.

A proper movie. The manta coming out of the bubbles was a perfect edit, with just the right choice of music. The two octopuses were a delight to see. Was that luck being there just at the right time. The sweetlips being cleaned was exceptional. The return of the manta was perfect as it pulled the rest of the reef images together into a conclusive story. Then the turtle…… must be very happy with this film! It’s often a mistake to try and make images in a film last right through a selected piece of music as it often looks as if the film maker has been desperately looking for enough video material rather than simply editing the music to fit the images. However, in this case the images worked right though and up to the end of the sound track.

Out of the Black & Into the Blue: Chapter. FORGOTTEN ISLANDS by Alex del Olmo

Watch Alex’s video here.

Spectacular aerial opening with perfect editing to the music. The underwater images were also spectacular, all being well exposed, sharp and perfectly framed. The fish action was wonderful to see.

And the Winner is….

I would like to give everyone first place but can’t, so after much deliberation I have chosen Diving Komodo by Marc Eeckhaut. It was a complete visual story with a beginning and end. The music was good and the editing spot-on.

Looking forward to seeing all your entries next month!

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

October 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




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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September 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




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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