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Dominance Collection

In the wild, dominance is a powerful force that shapes the natural world and can be witnessed in various forms

Background imageDominance Collection: Brown Hares boxing in Oxordshire February

Brown Hares boxing in Oxordshire February
RES-1063-C Brown Hares - two boxing Oxfordshire, UK, February 2010 Lepus capensis George Reszeter Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imageDominance Collection: Grizzly Bear WAT 4216 Standing Ursus arctos horribilis © M, Watson ARDEA LONDON

Grizzly Bear WAT 4216 Standing Ursus arctos horribilis © M, Watson ARDEA LONDON
WAT-4216 GRIZZLY BEAR - standing and roaring USA Ursus arctos horribilis The Grizzly is a sub species of the North American Brown Bear Distribution: Alaska, Canada and United States. M

Background imageDominance Collection: Bald Eagle - Being harassed by crow during winter snowstorm. Alaska. BE2635

Bald Eagle - Being harassed by crow during winter snowstorm. Alaska. BE2635
TOM-699 Bald Eagle - Being harassed by crow during winter snowstorm Alaska, USA Haliaeetus leucocephalus Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageDominance Collection: Hares Boxing

Hares Boxing
USH-49 HARES - boxing Lepus europaeus Duncan Usher Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageDominance Collection: WHALE SHARK - in bait ball

WHALE SHARK - in bait ball
DSE-74 WHALE SHARK - in bait ball Ningaloo Reef, W. Australia Rhincodon typus Whale Shark is the largest fish. Its a harmless, filter-feeder

Background imageDominance Collection: Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) Sabyinyo Group, Silverback in meadow

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) Sabyinyo Group, Silverback in meadow, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, East Africa

Background imageDominance Collection: Red Deer SM 1511 Fighting Cervus elaphus © Stefan Meyers / ARDEA LONDON

Red Deer SM 1511 Fighting Cervus elaphus © Stefan Meyers / ARDEA LONDON
SM-1511 Red DEER - two stags / male fighting during rutting season Cervus elaphus Stefan Meyers Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageDominance Collection: Blue Tit - & Great Tit (Parus major) at bird table

Blue Tit - & Great Tit (Parus major) at bird table
JD-15113 Blue Tit - & Great Tit (Parus major) at bird table feeding on seed block. UK Parus caeuleus John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageDominance Collection: African Bull Elephant

African Bull Elephant
CH-4185-c African Bull Elephant Etosha National Park (NP), Namibia, Africa Loxodonta africana Clem Haagner Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageDominance Collection: Musk Ox - bulls butting heads, dominance behavior. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. MB406

Musk Ox - bulls butting heads, dominance behavior. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. MB406
TOM-1413 Musk Ox - bulls butting heads, dominance behavior. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Ovibos moschatus Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageDominance Collection: Wolf / Gray Wolf / Timber Wolf - submissive behaviour Minnesota USA

Wolf / Gray Wolf / Timber Wolf - submissive behaviour Minnesota USA
WAT-14126 Wolf / Gray Wolf / Timber Wolf - submissive behaviour Minnesota USA Canis lupus M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageDominance Collection: Wild Horses / mustangs, two stallions rearing up fighting, Pryor Mountains, Montana

Wild Horses / mustangs, two stallions rearing up fighting, Pryor Mountains, Montana, USA, June

Background imageDominance Collection: WWI - The Lion Roused - British Propaganda postcard

WWI - The Lion Roused - British Propaganda postcard full of strength, defiance and patriotism. The confidence evident in 1914... Date: 1914

Background imageDominance Collection: Leopard Seal - & Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga) fighting

Leopard Seal - & Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga) fighting
AU-102-GR Leopard SEAL (on right), facing up to Southern Elephant Seal (on left) Mirounga leonina Antarctic Hydrurga leptonyx Auscape Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageDominance Collection: Rocky Mountain elk bull fighting

Rocky Mountain elk bull fighting

Background imageDominance Collection: Rocky Mountain elk herd

Rocky Mountain elk herd

Background imageDominance Collection: Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, males displaying, Lake Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, males displaying, Lake Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Background imageDominance Collection: Whippets CRH 718 Dogs biting subordinate © Chris Harvey / ARDEA LONDON

Whippets CRH 718 Dogs biting subordinate © Chris Harvey / ARDEA LONDON
CRH-718 DOG - WHIPPETS - fighting on beach, biting a subordinate Chris Harvey Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageDominance Collection: African Elephant bull - giving photographer a bluff charge. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

African Elephant bull - giving photographer a bluff charge. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
TOM-852 African ELEPHANT bull - giving photographer a bluff charge. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. Loxodonta africana This bull was feeding on Acacia tree seed pods

Background imageDominance Collection: African elephant Bull. Being aggressive. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, Africa

African elephant Bull. Being aggressive. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, Africa
TOM-821 African elephant Bull. Being aggressive. Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, Africa. Loxodonta africana Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageDominance Collection: Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence. Conceptual computer artwork of a brain inside a computer, representing intelligent computers. The monitor screen shows a human eye

Background imageDominance Collection: Giraffe two bulls fighting rotating their long necks Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

Giraffe two bulls fighting rotating their long necks Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
SAS-53 Giraffe - two bulls fighting rotating their long necks Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa Giraffa camelopardalis Steffen & Alexandra Sailer Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageDominance Collection: Ibex - males fighting

Ibex - males fighting
JPF-4205 Ibex - males fighting Capra hircus ibex Jean Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageDominance Collection: Wild Horse - Stallions meet along backroad in display of dominance behavior

Wild Horse - Stallions meet along backroad in display of dominance behavior
TOM-765 Mustang Wild Horse - Stallions meet along backroad in display of dominance behavior. White stallion was made famous in PBS movie and is called Cloud

Background imageDominance Collection: Wild Horse - Two colts check one another out Summer Montana, USA WH133

Wild Horse - Two colts check one another out Summer Montana, USA WH133
TOM-736 Mustang Wild Horse - Two colts check one another out Pryor Mountains, Montana, Western USA Equus caballus Summer Tom & Pat Leeson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes

Background imageDominance Collection: Red deer stag (Cervus elaphus) calling during rut. Richmond Park, England, UK, Europe

Red deer stag (Cervus elaphus) calling during rut. Richmond Park, England, UK, Europe

Background imageDominance Collection: A Lion attacking a vulture

A Lion attacking a vulture
2910904 A Lion attacking a vulture; (add.info.: Engraving of a Lion attacking a vulture. Dated 18th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDominance Collection: A Lion attacking a vulture

A Lion attacking a vulture
2910798 A Lion attacking a vulture; (add.info.: Engraving of a Lion attacking a vulture. Dated 18th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDominance Collection: Bedroom decorated with a frieze depicting towns under Medici rule

Bedroom decorated with a frieze depicting towns under Medici rule, begun by Nanni di Baccio Bigio (d.1568)
BEN107158 Bedroom decorated with a frieze depicting towns under Medici rule, begun by Nanni di Baccio Bigio (d.1568) and completed by Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511-1592) 1564-75 (photo); Villa Medici

Background imageDominance Collection: European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) fighting each other, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary

European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) fighting each other, Kiskunsag National Park, Hungary. June. Winner, 2019 Cadiz Photo Nature Competition

Background imageDominance Collection: Litter of one month old Yellow Labrador puppies playing. (PR)

Litter of one month old Yellow Labrador puppies playing. (PR)

Background imageDominance Collection: Eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) silverback named Chimanuka, Kahuzi-Biega

Eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) silverback named Chimanuka, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Background imageDominance Collection: Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stags fighting during rut, Richmond Park, London, England

Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stags fighting during rut, Richmond Park, London, England, UK, October

Background imageDominance Collection: Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag chasing another during a fight, rutting season, Bushy Park

Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stag chasing another during a fight, rutting season, Bushy Park, London, UK, October

Background imageDominance Collection: Two Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stags fighting, rutting season, Bushy Park, London

Two Red deer (Cervus elaphus) stags fighting, rutting season, Bushy Park, London, UK, October

Background imageDominance Collection: Male Caucasian turs (Capra caucasica) rutting with Dykh-tau Mountain in the background

Male Caucasian turs (Capra caucasica) rutting with Dykh-tau Mountain in the background, Kabardino-Balkarsky Zapovednik / Reserve, Russia, July

Background imageDominance Collection: Wild mustang stallions

Wild mustang stallions

Background imageDominance Collection: Wild mustang stallions

Wild mustang stallions

Background imageDominance Collection: Wild stallion, dominance display

Wild stallion, dominance display

Background imageDominance Collection: Greater sage grouse altercation

Greater sage grouse altercation

Background imageDominance Collection: Bull elk chasing nearby rival, . USA, Colorado, Rocky mountain meadow

Bull elk chasing nearby rival, . USA, Colorado, Rocky mountain meadow

Background imageDominance Collection: USA, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, bull elk confrontation

USA, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, bull elk confrontation

Background imageDominance Collection: Rocky Mountain bull elk

Rocky Mountain bull elk

Background imageDominance Collection: Two African elephants, Loxodonta Africana, sparring. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Two African elephants, Loxodonta Africana, sparring. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Background imageDominance Collection: Peacock and Peahen with Flowering Prunus, c1840-1850. Creator: Mori Ippô

Peacock and Peahen with Flowering Prunus, c1840-1850. Creator: Mori Ippô
Peacock and Peahen with Flowering Prunus, c1840-1850

Background imageDominance Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Paysan et Paysanne des Environs de Fiume en Hongrie, c1797

Costumes de Différents Pays, Paysan et Paysanne des Environs de Fiume en Hongrie, c1797
Costumes de Differents Pays, Paysan et Paysanne des Environs de Fiume en Hongrie, c1797

Background imageDominance Collection: Cock, a Hen and other Poultry, 1670-1690. Creator: Pieter Jansz van Ruyven

Cock, a Hen and other Poultry, 1670-1690. Creator: Pieter Jansz van Ruyven
Cock, a Hen and other Poultry, 1670-1690

Background imageDominance Collection: Phyllis and Aristotle, c. 1545. Creator: Hans Brosamer

Phyllis and Aristotle, c. 1545. Creator: Hans Brosamer
Phyllis and Aristotle, c. 1545



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In the wild, dominance is a powerful force that shapes the natural world and can be witnessed in various forms, from the intense boxing matches of Brown Hares in Oxfordshire to the majestic presence of a Silverback Mountain Gorilla leading his Sabyinyo Group through a meadow. Even the mighty Grizzly Bear asserts its dominance by standing tall and proud, as captured by M. Watson's lens in ARDEA LONDON. But it's not just bears who engage in such displays; hares too showcase their strength through energetic bouts of boxing. The African Bull Elephant exudes dominance effortlessly with its sheer size and power, commanding respect wherever it roams. Similarly, Red Deer lock antlers in fierce battles for supremacy, as Stefan Meyers' photograph reveals. Birds are not exempt from this primal struggle either; Blue Tits and Great Tits compete at bird tables for food resources, showcasing their determination to establish dominance over one another. Musk Oxen bulls butt heads vigorously during mating season, engaging in dominant behavior within their Arctic habitat. Meanwhile, even regal Bald Eagles face challenges to their authority when harassed by crows during winter snowstorms. Wolves exhibit both dominant and submissive behaviors within their packs; an alpha wolf leads while others submit to maintain order and harmony within Minnesota's wilderness. Rocky Mountain elk bulls fiercely clash antlers as they vie for control over territories and mates. And on the vast plains of Montana's Pryor Mountains, wild horses rear up on hind legs as two stallions fight for dominance under an expansive sky. These glimpses into nature's intricate tapestry remind us that dominance plays a vital role in shaping ecosystems worldwide. From tiny birds to massive mammals, each species has developed unique strategies to assert themselves amidst fierce competition - illustrating how survival often hinges upon securing one's place atop nature's hierarchy.