Fourteen Israeli athletes featured in their birthday suits in the country’s first nude photo shoot celebrating athletes’ amazing bodies. The Yediot Aharonot photo special, printed in this past weekend’s newspaper, was a tribute to ESPN The Magazine‘s annual Body Issue that highlights the strengths of top sports people.

Like the ESPN shoot, the Israeli display of athletes in the buff (or semi-nude, in some cases) feature professional sports men and women who have promising careers ahead or have already won top awards in their respective fields.

Olympian swimmer Amit Ivry. Photo by Gabriel Bahrlia
Olympian swimmer Amit Ivry. Photo by Gabriel Bahrlia

Photographer Gabriel Bahrlia spent two-and-a-half weeks with the Israeli athletes to complete the project.

The inaugural body shoot includes Delila Hatuel – fencer; Alice Schlesinger– judoka; Shahar Zubari– windsurfer; Inbal Pezaro- swimmer; Amit Ivry– swimmer; Maayan Shahaf- high jumper; Merav Dori- basketball player; Maor Buzaglo- football player; Donald Eugene Sanford– sprinter; Guy Barnea- swimmer; Ariel Harush- goalkeeper; Anastasia Gloushkov- synchronized swimmer; Idan Maymon- handball player; and Gal Mekel- basketball player.

Olympian windsurfer Shahar Zubari. Photo by Gabriel Bahrlia
Olympian windsurfer Shahar Zubari. Photo by Gabriel Bahrlia
Sprinter Donald Eugene Sanford. Photo by Gabriel Bahrlia
Sprinter Donald Eugene Sanford. Photo by Gabriel Bahrlia
Football player Maor Buzaglo. Photo by Gabriel Bahrlia
Football player Maor Buzaglo. Photo by Gabriel Bahrlia

Check out all the photos in Baharlia’s Facebook album.