Picture of mice squabbling on subway platform wins prestigious award

Pablo Tucker
February 13, 2020

The cinematic snapshot - which shows a pair of subway mice engaging in what appears to be an epic showdown on a platform within the London Underground system - was awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award, presented by London's Natural History Museum on Wednesday.

The award-winning picture, called "Station Squabble", was taken by photographer Sam Rowley who visited several Tube platforms every night for a week.

The mice were fighting over a few leftover crumbs, and their encounter lasted just a split second before one scurried away, triumphant.

Staff from the museum created a shortlist of 25 images from the initial 48,000 and the public voted on the overall victor.

Said Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum: "Sam's image provides a fascinating glimpse into how wildlife functions in a human-dominated environment".

Another, "Losing the fight", depicts an orangutan wearing boxing gloves and shorts - a critique of the degrading performances the animals are forced to partake at Safari World in Bangkok and across wider Asia.

"I hope it shows people the unexpected drama found in the most familiar of urban environments", Rowley said.

Spot The Reindeer, by Francis De Andres, shows white Arctic reindeer nearly hidden against a snowy background in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. "The mice's behavior is sculpted by our daily routine, the transport we use and the food we discard". "Francis found this composition of white arctic reindeer, which were observing him, both curious and charming".

"Matching outfits", another highly commended photograph, is a mesmerising image of a mother and cub jaguar clutching a jaguar with a pattern mirroring their own.

His image, Station Squabble, is the recipient of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award.

Another image of two jaguars holding an anaconda in their mouths, taken in Brazil by Michel Zoghzoghi, and a fourth shot by Martin Buzora - showing a ranger caring for a young rhino in northern Kenya - made up the shortlist. "The young rhinos are in the sanctuary as a result of poaching or because their mothers are blind and can not care for them safely in the wild".

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