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Few people actually realise how much hard work and dedication goes into making an underwater video. All that time… preparing the gear, getting to the dive site, finding what you want to film and getting the action you are after. Having all the settings correct on your camera. Getting home and downloading files. And then the editing. It seems to go on and on. But in the end it is all worth it. You have created something to show friends and family. Or perhaps something good enough to enter competitions and film festivals. Maybe even a possibility of TV.

Whether you are a novice or professional, at some point there is always the need for feedback, for constructive comments and suggestions. We all need this otherwise we can become too introverted and possibly fail to unlock our true potential.

Jeff is a multiple award winning, freelance TV cameraman/film maker and author. Having made both terrestrial and marine films, it is the world’s oceans and their conservation that hold his passion with over 10,000 dives in his career. Having filmed for international television companies around the world and author of two books on underwater filming, Jeff is Author/Programme Specialist for the ‘Underwater Action Camera’ course for the RAID training agency and Scubaverse Underwater Videography Editor and Editor-at-Large.

Jeff is now offering individual and personalised feedback on your films with bespoke online sessions on how to develop your work. This can cover film techniques, camera work, editing, music, sound effects, getting close to your subject, and many more aspects of making a good video. After sending your work to Jeff, he will walk you through it sharing his constructive thoughts, helping you to gain a new insight to improving your work. It doesn’t matter what filming equipment you use, the same basic rules of film making apply to everyone.

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11th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced



The prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced the results of the 11th Annual competition and the world’s largest underwater photo contest.

The competition organiser’s said:

“It is clear from this year’s winning images that our community of underwater photographers has dived into a new and exciting post-pandemic era. An unprecedented caliber of photos was ushered in by the lifting of travel restrictions – including our best in show image featuring another teachable moment from an octopus. This photo, captured in Palm Beach, Florida by Kat Zhou, depicts the bittersweet final days between a mother octopus and her young before dying of old age.”

Winning photos can be seen at the Underwater Photography Guide at

This year’s competition debuted a new Mobile Phone category, with inspiring images captured by a tool that almost every ocean lover has in their pocket. Other extraordinary winners included extra-terrestrial blackwater scenes of the crazy domain of pelagic critters, images that brought hope and solutions for ocean conservation, exhibitions of imaginative photographic technique, and inspiring animal portraits.

14 different categories ensure a competitive contest for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography. The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 96 countries before selecting the final set of images as Ocean Art winners. Ocean Art 2022 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Mark Strickland, and Marty Snyderman.

Over $100,000 in prizes  was awarded provided by some of the world’s top scuba diving resorts, liveaboard dive yachts, and underwater photo gear manufacturers.

As the world resumes activities once considered normal, Ocean Art 2022 is a testament to the promise of novel photographic talent and innovation ahead. The competition was overseen by Nirupam Nigam, Editor-in-Chief of the Underwater Photography Guide and a partner in Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel.

Nirupam commented: “The winners of Ocean Art 2022 surprised me. I expected an “instagramable” moment to steal the show. Instead, each image is that of photographic excellence or poetic reflection of the natural world around us. These images will be seared in my mind of years to come.”

Complete list of winners:

Best in Show
“Octopus Mother” by Kat Zhou

Best of Show – ‘Octopus Mother’ – Kat Zhou

Wide Angle
1st Place Renee Capozzola
2nd Place Daniel Nicholson
3rd Place Martin Broen
4th Place Julian Gunther
Honorable Mention Josh Blank
Honorable Mention Adam Martin

1st place Wide Angle – Renee Capozzola

1st Place Kat Zhou
2nd Place Matthew Sullivan
3rd Place Nicolas Remy
Honorable Mention Novrizal Herdananto
Honorable Mention Kat Zhou

Best of Show and 1st place Macro – Kat Zhou

Marine Life Behavior
1st Place Galice Hoarau
2nd Place Bryant Turffs
3rd Place Tom Shlesinger
4th Place Mirko Zanni
Honorable Mention Luc Rooman
Honorable Mention Mark Green

1st place Marine Life Behavior – Galice Hoarau

1st Place Kuo-Wei Kao
2nd Place Gabriella Luongo
3rd Place Kim Briers
4th Place Andrew Cummings
Honorable Mention Frank Begun
Honorable Mention Jeff Molder
Honorable Mention Lorenzo Terraneo

1st place Portrait – Kuo-Wei Kao

1st Place Nicolas Remy
2nd Place Yannick Gouguenheim
3rd Place Jon Anderson
Honorable Mention Shouhao Ren
Honorable Mention Sage Ono

1st place Coldwater – Nicolas Remy

1st Place Aleksei Permiakov
2nd Place Veronika Nagy
3rd Place Luke Gordon
Honorable Mention Mayumi Takeuchi-Ebbins
Honorable Mention Talia Greis

1st place Nudibranch – Aleksei Permiakov

1st Place Dennis Corpuz
2nd Place Josh Raia
3rd Place Steven Kovacs
4th Place Marcello Zof
Honorable Mention Steven Kovacs
Honorable Mention Galice Hoarau

1st place Blackwater – Dennis Corpuz

Underwater Conservation
1st Place Lawrence Alex Wu
2nd Place Caroline Power
3rd Place Gabriella Luongo
4th Place Celia Kujala
Honorable Mention Alessandro Giannaccini
Honorable Mention Daniel Pio

1st place Underwater Conservation – Lawrence Alex Wu

Underwater Art
1st Place Sarah Teveldal
2nd Place Julian Nedev
3rd Place Lilian Koh
Honorable Mention Jenny Stock

1st place Underwater Art – Sarah Teveldal

Black & White
1st Place Martin Broen
2nd Place Brooke Pyke
3rd Place Piers Baillie
Honorable Mention Renee Capozzola
Honorable Mention Richard Condlyffe

1st place Black & White – Martin Broen

Compact Wide Angle
1st Place Enrico Somogyi
2nd Place Felix Beck
3rd Place Martina Favero

1st place Compact Wide Angle – Enrico Somogyi

Compact Macro
1st Place Eunhee Cho
2nd Place Regie Casia
3rd Place David Pleuvret
4th Place Ipah Uid Lynn
Honorable Mention Martina Favero
Honorable Mention Andrew Michelutti
Honorable Mention Man Bd

1st place Compact Macro – Eunhee Cho

Compact Behavior
1st Place PT Hirschfield
2nd Place Sheryl Wright
3rd Place PT Hirschfield
4th Place João Pontes
Honorable Mention Sofia K. Tenggrono

1st place Compact Behavior – PT Hirschfield

Mobile Phone
1st Place Buzzichelli Alessandro
2nd Place Chris Gug
3rd Place Grega Verc

1st place Mobile Phone – Buzzichelli Alessandro

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Mantis Sub launches the RS360 deep diving 360-degree VR camera housing



Mantis Sub, a leading innovator in underwater VR solutions, has announced the launch of the Mantis RS360, a compact new underwater VR camera housing specifically designed for the ground-breaking Insta360 ONE RS 1-Inch 360 Edition. This allows videographers to capture stunning 6K 360-degree underwater videos and 21MP photos with outstanding dynamic range thanks to the large dual 1-inch sensors of the camera.

Most affordable 360-degree camera housing with a durable aluminum body

Each Mantis RS360 housing is machined from an aluminum block and hard anodized for optimal strength and corrosion protection, making it a durable and long-lasting solution for underwater videography that has been tested to 300m (984 feet). The housing is engineered to optimally dissipate the heat generated by the camera into the surrounding water, allowing the camera to operate continuously without heat exhaustion – a common problem with consumer housings made from polycarbonate plastic. At the same time, it is a fraction of the price of other aluminum-body 360 degree camera housings.

User-friendly and extensible

Leveraging the camera’s quick capture mode, the Mantis RS360 housing provides a single button to turn the camera on/off and start/stop a recording at the same time. This saves precious battery life and makes it the perfect companion for underwater 360 photographers and videographers of all skill levels.

An integrated bulkhead port allows the user to power and control the camera externally, for example with a separate battery pack or from an underwater drone (ROV).

“We are excited to introduce the Mantis RS360, a top-of-the-line underwater VR camera housing that offers unparalleled durability and performance in its class,” said Axel Busch, Chief Engineer of Mantis Sub. “With 6K video and 21MP photo capabilities, ease of use and extreme depth rating, this housing opens up new possibilities for underwater videographers, scientists and deep sea explorers looking to capture stunning, high- resolution images and videos of the ocean’s beauty and marine life.”

“The RS360 is as small and as easy to operate as a consumer housing, while still offering the quality, durability and versatility of a professional tool,” said Andrew Simpson, Head of Sales of Mantis Sub. “Our larger housing for the Insta360 Pro 2 is extremely popular with Universities, Institutes and Production Houses around the world. With the RS360 housing we can now put a highly capable and versatile 360-degree camera system into the hands of enthusiasts and into places and at depths where the larger system can’t go.”

The Mantis RS360 is available for purchase now on the Mantis Sub website at, for US$1,680.00 and from Mantis Sub dealers worldwide.

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