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Photograph by Joel Sartore

Most confrontations over prime salmon-fishing spots at Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park end after a quick exchange of body language. A stiff, ears-up posture means the male on the left is likely to win this test of dominance. Wounds on his head and neck are likely leftovers from fights for mating rights, something really worth spilling a little blood for.

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 80-200mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/500 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Warm, overcast
Time of Day: Evening
Lighting Techniques: Ambient light with fill flash

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