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

A well-timed image showing mice scrapping on the London Underground has been awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award.

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Sam Rowley

Station squabble by Sam Rowley, UK - Sam discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting London’s Underground was to lie on the platform and wait. He only saw them fight over scraps of food dropped by passengers a few times, possibly because it is so abundant. This fight lasted a split second, before one grabbed a crumb and they went their separate ways.


An urban wildlife portrait capturing two mice scrapping over crumbs on the London Underground has been given the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award. 

The image was taken by Bristol-based photographer Sam Rowley, and is titled 'Station Squabble'. 

To capture the image, Sam visited several station platforms every night over the course of a week, and lay in wait for the mice to emerge.


Aaron Gekoski

Losing the fight by Aaron Gekoski, UK - Orangutans have been used in degrading performances at Safari World, Bangkok –and many other locations –for decades. The shows were temporarily stopped in 2004 due to international pressure, but today the shows continue –twice a day, every day –with hundreds of people paying to watch the orangutans box, dance, play the drums and more.


Sam said: "I'm so pleased to win this award. It's been a lifetime dream to succeed in this competition in this way, with such a relatable photo taken in such an everyday environment in my hometown. I hope it shows people the unexpected drama found in the most familiar of urban environments."

Francis De Andres

Spot the reindeer by Francis De Andres, Spain - The conditions for photographing at the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard are extreme, but wildlife has adapted to the environment and its freezing temperatures. Francis found this composition of white arctic reindeer, which were observing him, both curious and charming.



Director of the Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon, says: "Sam's image provides a fascinating glimpse into how wildlife functions in a human-dominated environment. The mice's behaviour is sculpted by our daily routine, the transport we use and the food we discard. This image reminds us that while we may wander past it every day, humans are inherently intertwined with the nature that is on our doorstep – I hope it inspires people to think about and value this relationship more."


Michel Zoghzoghi

Matching outfits by Michel Zoghzoghi, Lebanon - Michel was in the Pantanal, Brazil photographing jaguars. One afternoon, as he was on the Três Irmãos River, a mother and her cub crossed right in front of his boat. He watched mesmerized as they left the water holding an anaconda with a very similar pattern to their own.


Four 'Highly Commended' images also won over nature photography enthusiasts and made it into the top five. 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.


Martin Buzora

The surrogate mother by Martin Buzora, Canada - Elias Mugambi is a ranger at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. He often spends weeks away from his family caring for orphaned black rhinos like Kitui here. The young rhinos are in the sanctuary as aresult of poaching or because their mothers are blind and cannot care for them safely in the wild.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is open now at the Natural History Museum until February 2020.

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11 8.7k 30 England
12 Feb 2020 5:58PM
What an original and charming image. Beautiful photography.

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