The Best from the Deep Blue: Part 1 The Deep Blue is as mysterious as it is beautiful and as dangerous as it is mesmerizing. Some of our favorite shots from Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2016 showcase this natural force in a unique perspective. Scroll down to see the first part of Best from the Deep Blue. 10/14/2016 © John Barton / Red Bull Illume The story behind John Barton's (above) shot: "This wave sits at the bottom of the hill just below where I live in the Mentawai Islands. Understandably, it’s one of my most heavily photographed waves. After shooting almost every angle, both from land and water, I really wanted to find a way to show this wave in a new light. After a long lull and with only minutes of light left, the sun came from behind the clouds, surfer and swimmer linked up and with one frame I managed to capture what remains to this day, my favorite flash photograph." Jaanus Ree "About 20km from my home there is an abandoned prison and mine that has been flooded with clear water. The story goes that one day a digger hit an underground river and the place was flooded within a few hours. You can actually still see the machine at the bottom of the lake.As the location has underwater houses it is one of the favorite places for local photographers." Tom Hawkins "Sometimes the journey to the waves is more fun than surfing itself. One morning after waking up before sunrise and striking out at a nearby surf spot, we decided to drive down the empty beach to see if there was anything worthwhile over the next headland." Klaus Thymann "Guillaume Nery, a champion freediver would dive to 30 meters deep whilst I was 50 meters inside the cave with my camera. We did a lot of research ahead of the shoot and customized gear to get the flash equipment to work there. It looks like sunlight, but the sun very rarely hits the water, it is nearly always completely dark." Roman Neimann "We had been skiing in mountains that were only accessible by hiking around a lake for a week. One morning during breakfast we started talking about how to take a shortcut, and skip an hour of hiking in the woods. I remembered Deyvid bought inflatable SUPs and I asked him to bring them out so we could try to make it to the other side." Corey Wilson "This was the final day of the Pipeline Masters on the north shore of Oahu. Mick was in first place in the rankings, wearing the yellow jersey and was going for the world title. Early that morning Mick got the terrible news that his brother had passed away. This is the last thing I had ever expected because Mick had already had the worst year ever – shark attack, divorce and now this." "After a very sad morning on the north shore when he got the news he still wanted to surf the rest of the event and go for the world title. That is what his brother would have wanted. This photo was in his first heat of the morning against Kelly Slater and John John Florence, the two hardest opponents to surf against at Pipeline. Mick ended up winning the heat with this wave. He came out of the barrel and looked in the sky to his brother. When I got out of the water and looked at my images I had tears in my eyes after seeing this photo." Claudia Ziegler "Spending a few days with the Deep Canyoning Team is a special experience in itself. This team has so many different characters and they are certainly never boring. The tie that binds this team together is their love of canyoning. But not in the traditional manner; they combine canyoning with cliff diving. Where other people would abseil, they jump with acrobatic grace. The waterfalls in this image were at one of the last locations we visited. By now I'd already seen some really unbelievable jumps. Yet, standing on top of this jump I could just not imagine how this could be possible. How can someone hit that little hole, especially whilst doing a backflip?" Luke Shadbolt "It is rare you get the opportunity to shoot from a cliff directly above a surf break, es-pecially from a height of around 200 meters. This is looking back towards the town of Nazare, an area which is more well known for the gigantic peaks on the other side of the headland that are frequently in contention for the biggest wave of the year awards.Shooting from above gives a unique perspective of being able to see the distance covered when performing these aerial maneuvers. From when Pierre Louis-Costes hits the lip, to where he is eyeing off his landing spot, you can see he has covered a lot of ground." Did you spot a favorite? Make sure to head over to www.redbullillume.com/gallery and vote for your favorite in our Public Choice! Follow Red Bull Illume on Facebook and Instagram for more visual masterpieces!