Vijayram Harinathan

Camera: Canon EOS R5

Lens: 500mm F4

Aperture: f4.0

Shutter speed: 1/2500

ISO: 500

Description: Penultimate moment from courtship mating behavior of Inselberg male Maywele and a lioness.

Story from behind the lens: As a wildlife photographer I understand the copulation behavior of lions as the mate multiple times in a day. The ending piece is always that of aggression (due to the pain caused to the lioness). I have always wanted to capture this act of aggression where I could portray both the male and the female exhibiting their distress! In order to be visible clearly, both had to face each other and face off each other as well. After moments of positioning the vehicle I finally managed to get them on a similar plane. The highlight was the ability to see their canines in a fierce outburst. Thus the 'Ending Act' was captured.