IDF soldier. (shutterstock)

Among the top photos was a shot of elite commandos from Unit 669 jumping from a helicopter into the Sea of Galilee.

The IDF earned a reputation as one of the most technologically advanced, highly trained fighting forces in the world.

Among its ranks, however, are some truly gifted photographers.

Each year, the Israeli military holds a contest to honor the best photos taken by soldiers. Check out this year’s stunning winners!