Male pride: Photographer snaps lions locked in fearsome battle for supremacy

This is the moments two male lions slugged it out in a battle for supremacy and mating rights in their pride.

INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS - Two male lions staring each other down in Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

The formidable pair snarled, swiped and sunk their teeth into each other during the vicious dust-up.

Photographer and designer Ingo Gerlach from Cologne, Germany, captured the striking images while on a trip to Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS - Two male lions fight for dominance, one biting into the side of the other's head in Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS – Two male lions fight for dominance, one biting into the side of the other’s head in Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

Ingo, 63, said: “When I’m taking photos I’m unemotional and just focus on taking the best possible picture.

“I only get really excited when I look back on them and realise I’ve captured something special.”

INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS - The roar is was just not enough for the two Lions in Masai Mara, Kenya.

INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS – The roar is was just not enough for the two Lions in Masai Mara, Kenya.

Ingo explained he had been snapping animals for 40 years and was desperate to return to Kenya.

INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS - Who beats who in arm wrestling at Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS – Who beats who in arm wrestling at Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.

He said: “I took some of my favourite photos while I was out there – I would love to go back and take some more.”