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September 2017 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Close Your Eyes by Mauro Francesconi

Winning Video:

Well done everyone. Another month of good films. I think the one thing I would like to generally comment on this month is music choice. No matter what the images, the style and tempo of the music track will determine the overall mood and feel of the final film. Heavy dramatic music should only be used to emphasise or support dramatic images. Where action is portrayed, or danger is a serious potential. Otherwise the music can easily over shadow hard earned images.

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

Turtles & Remoras – A Symbiotic Relationship – Henry Hall

Watch Henry’s video here.

Beautiful opening shot but personally not too sure about the music choice. Good to see a very informative graphic narration. Well filmed with sharp images and good colour. The story was good  and I commend you for pulling it all together. Well edited and the overall time was just about right. The lighting was good as was the overall colour balance. There were a few occasions where the turtle looked to be a little harassed by divers.

Feeding a Lobster at Night in Honduras – Henry Hall

Watch Henry’s video here.

Fascinating. I’ve never seen that before. Was it really eating them? It was certainly very active. Better music choice this time. I quite like developing shots like this rather than too much editing. One thing to think about for the future is colour balance. Maybe the two shots could have been more matched. This is easily done at the editing stage.

Hidden beauty of the Oslofjord – Cathrine Jægerud

Watch Cathrine’s video here.

You are absolutely right. The wonders of evolution in the marine world are wherever you look. From pristine coral reefs to mud banks of shallow coastlines, wildlife in its infinite guises will adapt and find a home. Your film was a delight to watch and some of the macro shots were exceptional, well framed, sharp, perfectly exposed and very steady camera. I liked the opening graphics.

Blue sharks of the Azores – Tom Scholtes

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Excellent graphic and moving image opening. Nicely filmed with sharp and well exposed steady shots…. although I did find the heavy music more threatening than the sharks themselves, especially as on the whole, the mood of the animals looked very relaxed. What stunning creatures. That must have been a very exciting dive. Loved the close passing shots.

Close Your Eyes – Mauro Francesconi

Watch Mauro’s video here.

Hi Mauro. A very beautiful concept. The underwater images were stunning and the overall sentiment of the film was very good. I personally felt the lady, at times, looked as if she were panicking and drowning, although of course she wasn’t, but my wife tells me I am mistaken and thought the whole film was excellent. The film was well thought out and created and the blend of words to wildlife images was memorable.  You obviously have a great passion for the marine world.

And the Winner is….

The winner this month is Close Your Eyes by Mauro Francesconi, a well crafted and emotive film. Well done Mauro.

I look forward to watching your entries in October. Good luck to you all!

[hr style=”single”]’s October 2017 Underwater Video Contest is now open! Enter as many as three of your underwater videos here.

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.

Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

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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Winners - Underwater Videography Contests

August 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Sand by Dennis Deavenport

Winning Video:

All films were excellent in quality and subject matter, but for me one stood out. As usual please do read comments made on other films as well as your own just in case you pick up a useful tip.

The Blueringed Octopus by Catrin Pichler

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Hi Catrin. More excellent films from you. Thank you for showing them to us and thanks for the written intro to this one. Once again as always the camera work is perfect with exceptional quality. Steady shots, smooth tracking, nice framing and very good sympathetic lighting. Yes indeed you were lucky to get the mating sequence, but more often than not luck usually comes hand in hand with effort and time put into just being there.

There was only one small blip for me and that was the audio transition at around 1:50. Although you did mix from one music track to the other, I felt it happened a little to quickly and felt slightly abrupt. Perhaps think about a greater gap in between with some natural reef sounds to bridge. Then use a slower fade in for the second piece of music. Nice music choice by the way.

Rhinopias by Catrin Pichler

Watch Catrin’s video here.

Beautiful in every way. Subject, camera work, editing, music. The images are stunning and very entertaining, The video would make a fantastic screen saver, I am aching to know some details on what I am looking at though. As you are a brilliant videographer have a think about progressing to the next stage. Tell us why the colouration and physical adaptations? Is there specific behaviour going on? Are they endangered? What do the prey on? And so on……

Sand by Dennis Deavenport

Watch Dennis’ video here.

Nice story. Well thought out, planned and executed. So good to have a full and comprehensive narration that informs as well as entertains. The videography was very good as was the music choice. Well edited too.

Sweetlips by Hank

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Excellent opening image. These are one of my favourite fish species to see and film. The colours and patterns are stunning. The images you have created are excellent in both camera work and lighting. I did like the on screen information but not sure about the music change for each species as I found that doing this broke up the natural and easy flow of the video.

Macro Fish & Critters of North Sulawesi, Indonesia by Pim van Schendel

Watch Pim’s video here.

Hi Pim, thanks for the written intro and telling us what camera you were using. Loved the film. You have some great shots in there and extremely well edited to the music. The quality of your macro is superb.

Diving the red sea by Roberto Piroddi

Watch Roberto’s video here.

That was nice. Had a good feel to it. Very relaxing and easy to watch. Liked your use of the diver shots. The land images were fun. I love seeing the camels on a truck. Camera work was good with slow steady moves and subtle lighting. It was very Red Sea.

The colour of water by Maurizio Agliani

Watch Maurizio’s video here.

Liked your opening graphics. Very stylish. The following images were also stylish as well as lovely to watch. There were a few notable editing moments of images and music that were inspirational. This film is very different to many I see and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Underwater video art.

Great whites of Guadalupe by Martín Moscovich

Watch Martin’s video here.

Wow, what a stunning opening. I think I would have held the opening coastal shot a little longer though. The following shark shots were magnificent. What a animal! Quality of the images were very good indeed as was your camerawork. Music and editing worked well. Liked the short break back up to the surface.

2019 Diving Memory in Kohtao Island,Thailand Gulf by Vicky Lee

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Hi Vicky, loved the opening shots and the Barracuda with the cleaner fish was perfect, in fact I had to stop the film and watch that bit again. The various shoals of fish were stunning to see. All in all the film was a visual treat.

Mr.Turtle’s noon walking by Vicky Lee

Watch Vicky’s video here.

This is my kind of film. A long slow look at one animal. So relaxing to watch. Well shot and edited with great music choice.

All films were excellent in quality and subject matter, but for me one stood out. This month I am going for ‘Sand by Dennis Deavenport’. As well as great images and music he went the extra mile to make the video a well rounded story with easy to listen to narration and interesting facts. I know it takes a lot more time to research and develop a meaningful script and narration but the final product is well worth the effort in both audience appreciation as well as self satisfaction.  I am not advocating that all films should be talked over, especially when the images are self explanatory and beautiful in there own right and accompanied by the right music, but often a narration enhances rather than detracts from a video. Give it a go…..

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