Fourteen Israeli athletes featured in their birthday suits in the country’s first nude photo shoot celebrating athletes’ amazing bodies. The Yedioth Ahronoth 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.

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

Olympic 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.