Fighting mice in subway is a winning shot

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

But the victor of this year's "Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award" stunned the contest with something a bit more (extra) ordinary.

Sam Rowley's "Station Squabble" beat out more than 48,000 images from 100 countries to claim the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award, which was voted on by the public.

City officials suspect that some 500,000 mice call the tunnels and terminals below London home, Transport of London says; they flock there for warmth, shelter and the feast of scraps that human commuters drop near the tracks every day.

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

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

"I usually take a burst of photos and I got lucky with this shot, but then I had spent five days lying on a platform so it was probably going to happen at some point", Sam said. "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", he said.

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

The shot was taken at Safari World in Bangkok, Thailand, where shows were briefly suspended in 2004 due to worldwide pressure but today take place on a daily basis.

OK, no he didn't, forgive me - here's an explanation of his modus operandi on the Natural History Museum website: "Sam discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting London's Underground was to lie on the platform and wait".

His image shows a startled marmot at the moment it has been cornered by a hungry fox in the Qilian Mountains in China.

"Spot the reindeer" by Frances De Andres of Spain.

"The conditions for photographing at the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard are extreme, but wildlife has adapted to the environment and its freezing temperatures".

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.



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