Remarkable image of two mice brawling wins wildlife photography award

Mice Scrapping On London Underground Awarded Wildlife Photographer Of The Year LUMIX People's Choice Award

Mice Scrapping On London Underground Awarded Wildlife Photographer Of The Year LUMIX People's Choice Award

Sam Rowley, who captured the squabbling rodents, spent a week on the London Underground in an effort to picture them. The mice would occasionally "fight" over scraps of food dropped by passengers but the tussles lasted only a few minutes, he noted.

Entitled "Station Squabble", a photo capturing two mice fighting over a food crumb in London's Underground was chosen from more than 48,000 images as the victor of the 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice award.

He spent late nights at a central London tube stop, down on his belly trying to get the ideal low-angle view. For a split second, they argued over who should have it before then going their separate ways.

"I'm so pleased to win this award".

The Londoner is now working in Bristol as a researcher for the BBC's natural history film-making unit.

Even if you can't get outside, the venerated photographer thinks it's important to appreciate urban wildlife.

"It's so insignificant for us, but I have a newfound respect for these creatures".

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He also admires the tenacity of the animals that eke out an existence in what is a very tough environment.

Food competition among mice is extremely common - especially when they live in the wild, where resources can be scarce.

London's Natural History Museum runs the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

He added: "I hope it shows people the unexpected drama found in the most familiar of urban environments".

That's the moment that won photographer Sam Rowley the LUMIX People's Choice Award for wildlife photography.

While you could reasonably assume it received the most votes because it's kind of amusing seeing a mouse do a judo chop, the director of the Natural History Museum, Michael Dixon, hopes the photograph does more than just give us a little giggle. The mice's behaviour is sculpted by our daily routine, the transport we use and the food we discard. These include Aaron Gekoski's heart-wrenching image of an Orangutan being exploited for performance, Michel Zoghzhogi's picture of a mother jaguar and her cub clutching a captured anaconda, Martin Buzora's touching portrait of the connection between a conservation ranger and the baby black rhino he protects, and Francis De Andres's charming shot of a group of curious white arctic reindeer.

There were four runners-up in the LUMIX poll, and the official 2020 winners of the photography contest will be announced in October.

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