September 2015 Video Contest Winner And Review




Winner: ‘A little jelly’ by Mark Milburn

Winning Video:

Three very good entries this month and each of them very different. As usual it was quite hard to pick a winner. Richard’s video on the Thistlegorm certainly captured the mood and dramatic presence of this classic wreck while the Steller Sea Lion video from Kiril took us into a world of underwater vibrancy and energy with lovely camera work, editing and story creation. This was without doubt the best crafted film. But in the end it was Mark’s simple observation of the Barrel Jellyfish that won the day. As well as being well shot, it clearly showed that underwater videos, especially those featuring wildlife, do not have to be complicated – and given a little time and effort, every marine creature can produce a little bit of magic for the camera.

Diving the mighty SS Thistlegorm‘ by Richard Stevens

Nice one Richard. Your video certainly gave a good feel of the wreck and made me want to dive it again. Loved the ray in the cargo hold which was well lit and sharp and the colour of the ray certainly stood out from the background. Nice image mix too into the next shot. A few moments later you caught it feeding but for some reason never made more of that. All in all though a great video with good framing and lighting.

Diving with Steller Sea Lions‘ by Kiril Ivanov

Great intro which builds up to the main story. I have dived with the Stellers quite a few times and know how big and intimitating they can be. Well done for combining very good surface video as well. Excellent steady camera work with good framing, sharp images and nice occasional use of slow motion. Good choice of music too. The lenth of the video for me was perfect. It is always a temptaion when one has such charismatic animals to produce a video that goes on and on. Big mistake. Three and a half minutes is plenty, unless there is a narration and the story becomes more involved. A real joy to watch.

A little Jelly‘ by Mark Milburn

This short video was totally enthralling. It simply showed us the grace and beauty of a marine animal that many people may be reluctant to approach. With perfect music choice the video kept my full attention from beginning to end. It does go to show that you do not need to travel to the ends of the earth to see fantastic marine life. Good, sharp, steady images. The shots were not at all complicated, but simply framed allowing the jellyfish to do all the work of capturing the audience.

So congratulations to Mark for being this month’s winner!’s October 2015 Video Contest is now open – enter here.


Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for Jeff is an award winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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