Mice fighting on London Underground wins wildlife photo of the year

Fighting mice in subway is a winning shot

Rowley then spent three nights finding the best central London station, lying on platforms until the early hours of the morning and receiving plenty of odd looks from strangers in the process.

But a young photographer is hoping his award-winning shot changes that perception.

A photo of two tiny mice squabbling over crumbs on a station in London Underground has won Sam Rowley the people's choice category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Rowley had noticed that occasionally you would see mice fighting over food in London's tube stations.

Sam Rowley's Station Squabble won the People's Choice award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

The highly recommended images in the contest include a sad photo of an orangutan used in boxing shows in Thailand, one of two jaguars carrying an anaconda, one of a Kenyan ranger stroking a young rhinoceros and one of white reindeer Arctic nearly hidden against a snowy Norwegian landscape. For winning the competition, Rowley - a professional photographer - gets £10,000 - about $13,000.

He received a text message from a drunk friend about mice running about on the station platform - and the penny dropped.

Mice fighting on London Underground wins wildlife photo of the year
Mice fighting on London Underground wins wildlife photo of the year

"I was quite disappointed with what I managed to get at first", he said, adding that the picture "grew" on him over time. "Wildlife is fantastic and I think we need to appreciate the smaller and supposedly more hard animals to live with". "The mice's behaviour is sculpted by our daily routine, the transport we use and the food we discard", museum director Sir Michael Dixon said in the statement. Sam Rowley has said that his picture shows people unexpected drama in familiar urban environment, reports PetaPixel.

"Losing the fight" by United Kingdom photographer Aaron Gekoski offers a heartbreaking look at how orangutans are exploited for entertainment at Bangkok's Safari World.

A total of five shortlisted photographs were awarded a prize.

"Losing the fight" shows an orangutan in Bangkok, Thailand.

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

Another notable entry, Matching Outfits, shows a stunning freeze frame of a female jaguar and her cub with a meal of anaconda suspended between them, a la Lady and the Tramp.


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