These 11 stunning and mesmerizing photos from 2017 Underwater Photographer Awards will take you on an incredible journey!

This year’s winner is Gabriel Barathieu who captured a stunning image of an octopus swimming in a lagoon on the island of Mayotte. Gabriel Barathieu beat competitors from 67 different countries. Have a look at these superb photographs from among the best Underwater Photographers in the world–they will stun you with their beauty and artistry.

1. A dancing octopus skims  in between the bottom of the ocean floor and the surface

Underwater Photographer of the Year
© Gabriel Barathieu / UPY 2017

 2. The stunning and luminous larval lionfish creates a beautiful fan shape

Underwater Photographer of the Year © Steven Kovacs / UPY 2017

3. A whale calf poses for a photograph, calmly checking out the photographer

Underwater Photographer of the Year © Christophe Lapeze / UPY 2017

4. The last flight–the resting place of this plane is captured in eerie, murky waters

Underwater Photographer of the Year © Steve Jones / UPY 2017

5. Prey? A luminous creature spies something to eat

Underwater Photographer of the Year © So Yat Wai / UPY 2017

6. Incredible drops of water that look like floating beads

The Underwater Photographer of the Year © Katherine Lu / UPY 2017

7.  Mother and baby green turtles gliding through the sea

Underwater Photographer of the Year © Greg Lecoeur / UPY 2017

8. A prehistoric imp of darkness

Underwater Photographer of the Year © Damien Mauric / UPY 2017

9. A highly decorative Medusa Blenny on the lookout

Underwater Photographer of the Year © Jade Hoksbergen / UPY 2017

10. This seal glides effortlessly, may I help you?

Underwater Photographer of the Year © Ellen Cuylaerts / UPY 2017

11. An incredible journey in and out of the blue

Underwater Photographer of the Year © Nick Blake / UPY 2017

These underwater photos show us a beautiful underworld–a marvelous place of water, creatures and colors. Simone Jonker

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