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September 2018 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Technical Dive on the USS Rankin – Florida by Alejandro Dutto

Winning Video:

Four wonderful films this month, each with it’s own merits. The standard of entries just keeps getting better and better, but as I have said on many occasions, if you are a novice film maker don’t be put off from entering by thinking your videos are not good enough as it’s only by getting your films out there and listening to comments that help you to improve and learn.

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:

Once it casts its spell – Dean Spraakman

Watch Dean’s video here.

Hi Dean. Fantastic images from beginning to end, accompanied by a good choice of music. Everything is well shot with steady camera work, good lighting and composition. Any one would be proud of these images. I would like to make one suggestion to you though. I am sure that you are skilled enough to progress beyond simple compilation videos where one animal portrait follows another with little or no story, or conclusion. This video would jump right up to another category if it had some narration with it. Be-it a personal narrative of your dives and encounters or a more anatomical script telling your audiences what they are looking at and why the creatures seen are so unique and special.  I urge you to try this.

On the Sand – Puerto galera, Philippines – Kristian Mears

Watch Kristian’s video here.

Hi Kristian. I could pretty well repeat the exact same comments as I put for Deans film, ‘Once it casts its spell’. You did go one step further than Dean by giving the video a purpose by defining a sandy ecosystem. As with Deans film I was captivated by the superb camera work, but while watching, my mind was crying out for more information or for you to stay with a few of the animals for longer that one shot, just to give me a chance to really appreciate the wonders of our underwater world.  A few wide establishing shots of the terrain would have really made a great difference.

Technical Dive on the USS Rankin – Florida – Alejandro Dutto

Watch Alejandro’s video here.

Well done for the written introduction. Knowing the history of the ship brings it alive and it becomes a real entity rather than just scrap metal on the sea bed. To keep your audience interested you then go further and bring in very timely ‘on screen’ information graphics, in two languages!  Loved the opening music to the wreck. Very ‘newsy’ and it worked well. The shoaling fish over and through the wreck were stunning and the music was made for them. You caught the edit points of musical crescendos with the dramatic fish movements perfectly. The changes of pace throughout were also good. All in all a well balanced and powerful video which I enjoyed very much.

Africa’s underwater forests – Jason Boswell

Watch Jason’s video here.

Beautiful moody opening with both music and images. I love the following of the shark. It was so peaceful and unobtrusive. Prefer it to the usual images of shark in your face. It’s more observational rather than confrontational. The ‘secretive’ shot of the cuttlefish was terrific, as were the octopus close-ups. A real ‘feel good’ film that put me in a quite a relaxed mood. All extremely well shot with good lighting and framing, steady camera and spot on exposure.

And the Winner is….

This month my winner is Technical Dive on the USS Rankin – Florida by Alejandro Dutto

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

June 2021 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: A Film Celebrating World Ocean Day 2021 by Ayub Mooduto

Winning Video:

Not too sure where time goes these days, but here we are, another month gone by. Hope you all had a good one. Quite a variety of film styles this time and I enjoyed watching them all. There was one clear winner this month: A Film Celebrating World Ocean Day 2021 by Ayub Mooduto. There was a lot of thought and work put into this film and the result was a top quality production.

Have fun diving and filming. See you next month.

A Film Celebrating World Ocean Day 2021 by Ayub Mooduto

Very professionally made film with great videography and excellent script which was narrated perfectly. The sequence structure was very good and well edited. A powerful film. I hope it gets a good public viewing. The music was spot on and enhanced the images. It was good to have the complete script written out as well as spoken as it allows the audience to re-visit information easily.

St Abbs Guillemots by Jason Melton

It’s an incredible feeling to underwater with ‘flying’ birds. They are remarkable and a pure joy to watch.  You filmed the encounter well and I particularly liked the slow motion when one of the birds came close. It was quite stunning,  Perfect music choice.

Those with shells by Kris Mears

Great subject and some lovely images. Your macro camera work is very steady and sharp. Excellent lighting and exposure. Good music choice.

One year, one minute – an underwater adventure by Andrea Torresan

That was a nice idea. Beautiful images with great upbeat music. What a year!

Dive the House Reef by divejackdive

Excellent quality. Good camera work with steady tracking shots. What a nice place to have as a house reef. While it was lovely to see the vistas of the reef and the healthy coral, it would have been good see in close up a bit more of the individual marine life species in such a long film.

Wart frogfish fishing by divejackdive

That was really nice. Stunning fish. You filmed it really well with excellent lighting and exposure.

Flamboyant cuttlefish hunting by divejackdive

Liked the graphics. Your opening image was lovely with the very charismatic cuttlefish. It’s pulsating body was a treat to see. You are obviously;y a very patient videographer to get such behavioural shots and keep it all in focus. The music worked well.

Mythical Creature by Keryn McCoy

Beautiful image. Simple but lovely to watch. Sharp, perfectly lit and exposed.

Church by Alex Chiu

What a location! Interesting way of filming it. You certainly captured the ambiancen of the site.

Whale shark by Alex Chiu

That was different. I don’t really like to see animals being harassed by crowds of people but the shark seemed very relaxed and I was relieved not to see any one trying to climb on it’s back. You did a good job filming it and the above water shot worked really well. I had to smile at the selfie.

underwater volcano by Alex Chiu

HI Alex. Short but dynamic.

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

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May 2021 Video Contest Winner and Review




Winner: Once upon a time… by Fredi

Winning Video:

WOW! What a month for excellent films. Such amazing quality in artistic content as well as technical ability. There is no better or best film out of all of them, simply one that caught my attention slightly more that the others. The winner this month is Once upon a time…by Fredi. As I said in my comments to this film, Fredi has pushed the level of film making in this monthly competition up to another level. HOWEVER… If you are not quite so experienced as Fredi, please don’t be put off from entering your film. It is by showing your work in public and getting feedback that can help improve and move forward.

Change of Seasons Underwater by Marcell Nikolausz

Excellent! Really good to see a freshwater film and a good one too. Superb images with interesting and informative narration which was spoken with great professionalism. You took us through the seasons and species with great film work. The underwater bird was a wonderful surprise, as was the catfish.

What an incredible encounter by Ayub Mooduto

Perfect written introduction to your film which describes some of the skills needed to to take good macro video. Stunning opening shot which was edited and timed well with the music. The following images were very good and a joy to watch. Not sure about the sound effects though. Sounded a bit like a growling dog. Your lighting and steady camera work was excellent. Wonderful selection of species.

Once upon a time… by Fredi

That was quite a special written story. Loved it. You just pushed the level of film making in this monthly competition up another level. The narrated story is good and the videography is superb. Stunning images. The story drew me right in and I found myself smiling as it developed.  Your choice of animal characters was perfect. I’m so glad you gave it a happy ending.

The meadow behind our home by Fredi

It’s a wonderful and powerful film with a good sentiment. Stunningly shot, narrated and edited. It is well written and conceived.  I don’t know what more I can say about it.

Manta Alley Redux by Craig Beasley

Ah yes, we all have disappointing days. Nice drone and land opening sequence with good narration and interesting script. Liked the ‘stop – start again’. It livened the whole film up. Fun music and editing. Nice story for the area with well shot images and a great variety of species.

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

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