Muscle Power, India, 2014

These two sub adult tiger cubs (aka Rajbhera Cubs), aged around 21 months, are seen here engaged in a mock fight, a part of their learning process to acquire stalking and self-defense skills. The tigers were resting in the grasslands as dusk approached, when something grabbed the attention of one of them.

Taking advantage of the fact that the other sibling’s attention was diverted for a moment, the other one mock charges her and what was witnessed was a sheer moment of awe when these beautiful and magnificent animals were standing upright just for a moment and you could see the rippling muscles and the power that these big cats hold.

It lasted not more than a few seconds and was all over where one of the siblings surrendered and laid down in a submissive position – a pose that tells the opponent that the rival has surrendered.

Definitely a rare moment to be captured in the wild, these playful lessons that the siblings engage in, are a crucial learning lesson for their survival as adult and independent tigers.

Location: Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Photograph Date: 2014
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200
Available Sizes: 70cm 100cm 150cm 200cm

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About the Photographer

Archna Singh

A designer by qualification and a photographer by passion, Archna Singh is an adept Wildlife & Nature photographer for the last decade.

Archna graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi and has been associated with design and its intricacies for close to two decades. She has been teaching design as a guest faculty at NIFT, New Delhi & Pearl Academy since early 2006.

Archna's foray into the world of photography began in 2006 assisting Delhi based acclaimed photographer Akhil Bakhshi. Working behind the lens was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and it encouraged her to actually start playing with the camera. Self-learning and experimentation have brought her to where she stands today. Her journey has been one of inner discovery and has unerringly led to her combine her passion for photography with her deep love of wildlife.

Backed by a strong design background, she has been actively involved in designing and publishing books, calendars, walks, events & exhibitions on wildlife for the last few years under her trademark “Orah Wildlife”.

Her wildlife images have been published in the National Geographic, BBC wildlife Magazine (UK), Wildlife Saevus magazine, Times UK & various publications across the UK.

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