Mice fighting over crumbs in subway station wins wildlife photo award in stunning image

Mice in a subway may be a typical sight on your commute to work, but one wildlife photographer captured the moment two were brawling in an award-winning photograph. 

Titled “Station squabble,” Sam Rowley’s photograph of two mice apparently fighting over leftover crumbs in a London underground station was voted the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice Award.

Rowley, a photographer based in Bristol, captured the image of the fight after visiting the the station every night over the course of the week, London’s Natural History Museum said in a news release. The interaction lasted for only a second as one of the mice ran away after winning the crumbs, the museum said.

“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,” museum director Sir Michael Dixon said in the statement.

LUMIX People's Choice Award Winner – 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.

Rowley’s photo beat out 25 other finalists of more than 48,000 images submitted for the contest, and 28,000 nature photography fans voted, the museum said.

“I’m so pleased to win this award,” Rowley said in the news release. “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.”

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The museum said Rowley’s photo was the first winner of the LUMIX People’s Choice Award to feature a human-made environment. Past winners of the overall Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award have featured human-made environments, though.

The photo will be on display in the London museum until May 31.

Here are the four other photos named as “highly commended”:

LUMIX People's Choice Award Highly commended image – 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 moreLUMIX People's Choice Award Highly commended image – 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.LUMIX People's Choice Award Highly commended image – 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.LUMIX People's Choice Award Highly commended image –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.

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