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September 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND RESIDENT UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EXPERT JEFF GOODMAN

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.

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for Scubaverse.com. 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

August 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND RESIDENT UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EXPERT JEFF GOODMAN

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

Watch Catrin’s video here.

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

Watch Hank’s video here.

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

Watch Vicky’s video here.

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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July 2020 Video Contest Winner and Review

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WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S EDITOR-AT-LARGE AND RESIDENT UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EXPERT JEFF GOODMAN

Winner: Weird, But True by Betsy Beasley

Winning Video:

It would be so easy if there were a few terrible films in each months competition. But there aren’t. Every entry is a joy to watch and technically excellent. So how to choose a winner? Videos can often be judged partly by the quality of the camera work; the lighting; the editing; the style; the music; the information imparted to the viewer; the rarity of the subject; the length of the film; the graphics, and so on. But when all the films are technically excellent there are only a few criteria left. Congratulations to everyone. As usual please do read comments made on other films as well as your own just in case you pick up a useful tip.

Fijian Blue by Jay Shipp

Watch Jay’s video here.

Beautiful beautiful images and I loved the way you cut them to the music. The entire video had a very relaxing pace to it and was a joy to watch. Excellent camera work and very nice lighting. Perfect ending too.

Weird, But True by Betsy Beasley

Watch Betsy’s video here.

Brilliant opening and the graphics were exceptionally good. The narration is compelling and easy to listen to. The script is perfect. Not too laborious. Just short and interesting accompanied by stunning images. One thing that did slightly bother me though was the pace of transition from one animal to another. I felt you could give the narration a few seconds break each time to allow the viewer to assimilate what they have seen and prepare for the next event.

Scuba Diving with Grey Seals at Lundy Island, Devon by Daniel French

Watch Daniel’s video here.

Hi Daniel. First of all thanks for the written intro and telling us what camera you were using .  Good start to the film with nice aerials, coastal and harbour shots. It set up the location perfectly. The dolphins on the boat journey over to the island were a real bonus. Then came the diving and the seals. Excellent. Great encounters and well filmed. Good quality. What a brilliant trip.

Dancing Stars by Catrin Pichler

Watch Catrin’s video here.

Another excellent film from you. The music choice for the Pom Pom Crab was great fun. Your macro work really is exceptional. Great lighting on the Coleman Shrimp. Iv’e never seen an Emperor Shrimp before. They were extraordinary as were all the other species. The Donald Duck Shrimp, who would have guessed it. I have to stop naming now all the remarkable species you have filmed. They are all stunning and so is your presentaion of them. Perhaps you would like to consider making a single species video and take just one of the animals to make a full feature on it with narration. I think you could do that well.

In The Sheepy Realm – The Costasiella Seaslug by Catrin Pichler

Watch Catrin’s video here.

Loved it. What more can I say.

Caballitos de mar (Seahorses) by Casiano Pérez

Watch Casiano’s video here.

Fantastic opening shot. I loved the mystery of it and the the incredible revelation of the seahorse. Magnificant. Very well filmed and excellent music choice.


And the Winner is….

When all the films are technically excellent there are only a few criteria left. Enjoyment and lasting impression and so it is with this in mind that this months winner is Weird, But True by Betsy Beasley. Sometimes I really hate picking a winner because you are all winners and I mean that. Thanks to all those who entered and I hope you are able to use the Scubaverse video competition to help showcase your work.

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