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.
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, 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 explained he had been snapping animals for 40 years and was desperate to return to 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.”