The Video Mode is pleased to announce the winning videos in Round 1 of our Amateur Filmmaker Of the Year 2017 competition, in association with Canon

Having spent days watching all of the entries for Round 1 of The Video Mode’s Amateur Filmmaker Of the Year (AFOY) 2017 competition we are very excited to be able to reveal the winners and the league standings for the top 10 films as chosen by our judging panel.

Round 1 of had the theme of ‘Travel’ and there was a huge variety of different types of videos entered – from music videos to travelogues and documentaries to holiday videos. We had entries from many countries and from filmmakers as young as 11-years-old!

The judging process
All of the videos entered were judged by a panel comprised of representatives from The Video Mode and Canon UK, plus Simeon Quarrie (a top filmmaker and photographer and an Explorer in Canon’s Ambassadors Programme). Overall, the judges were looking for technical execution and striking visuals, but also for a sense of strong storytelling and creativity in videos that ensured they held our attention throughout.

Once we had whittled the entries down to the final 10 videos, each of the three judges awarded points for their favourite videos. 100 points were awarded for each judge’s favourite video, and 10 points for the least so, with three judges, a maximum of 300 points were available. To find out the final results see below…

Don’t forget to enter Round 2!
In the meantime note that the theme for Round 2 is ‘Environment’ and you still have until 31 December 2016 to enter! If you entered Round 1 and are low down in the league or not in the ‘top 10 table’ yet, then don’t worry – there are two more rounds and a maximum of a possible 600 points up for grabs, so it is still quite possible to win the individual rounds, as well as winning the overall grand prize of a Canon EOS C100 Mark II digital cinema camera and a Canon EF24-105mm zoom lens, worth £4,625! More information on Round 2 can be found here. 

So, without any further ado, here are the videos of the winning entry and the first runner-up, plus the league table after Round 1 of AFOY 2017…

WINNER: Ella Howlett – Responsibly Irresponsible
Ella wins a Canon XC10 camcorder and a Canon Directional Mic DM-E1, worth £2000!

Runner-Up: Walter Chang – We Call This Home
Walter wins a Canon Legria Mini X camcorder, worth £300!

3rd – Marios Panaiotopoulos – Lost in Europe

4th – Kristian Hampton – One Week in Lebanon

5th – Alessio Rota – Beautiful Slovakia

6th – Jon Scott – We Love to Ski

7th – George O’Reilly – 144 Hours in Italy

8th – Robbie Donaldson – Amsterdam 2016

9th= – Callum Oakaby-Wright – God Sent Me Down

9th= – Douglas Armour – Day 19,742: A Day in Two Minutes



“I was very impressed by the entries but ‘Responsibly Irresponsible’ caught my eye with the catchy title. For me, this video had a story and a purpose. Using a narrative really elevated the piece. The use of sound design and snappy editing increased the production value. Most importantly for me, it made me think, made me smile and changed my point of view.”

Simeon Quarrie

Top videographer and Canon Explorer





Ella Howlett 280
Walter Chang 270
Marios Panaioptopoulos 260
Kristian Hampton 210
Alessio Rota 180
Jon Scott 150
George O’Reilly 110
Robbie Donaldson 70
Callum Oakaby-Wright 60
Douglas Armour 60