Mice fighting over crumbs in London Underground wins wildlife photo award

Rowley took the photo of both mice fighting after spending days in a London underground train station where passengers often throw crumbs of food.

Sam spent a week waiting for a ideal shot and had just a split-second to capture the rodents fighting over a few leftover crumbs.

Rowley told Yahoo News UK: "This was a pre-planned project and I chose to spend a week on the station network trying to get this kind of shot".

The winning photo, however, shows a closer-to-home scene that still may go unnoticed by many.

"I will continue other urban wildlife photography projects in Britain and around the world over the next year", he told me.

"Many have confessed to enjoy watching them scurry around the otherwise boring station platform", Rowley said in a press release.

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.

It was a snap of a lifetime, given that the mice fight only lasted a second, the Independent reports - but Rowley had been trying to get the ideal shot for weeks.

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

Entitled "Losing the Fight", the photograph provides a glimpse into the decades-long use of endangered orangutans in degrading performances, such as in Safari World in Bangkok, Thailand. Twice a day, hundreds of people still pay to watch orangutans fight, dance and play the drums.

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

Lebanon's Michel Zoghzoghi, who was shooting in Brazil, was mesmerised by the anaconda's pattern so closely resembling the coats of its captors.

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

"The surrogate mother" shows ranger Elias Mugambi with an orphaned black rhino named Kitui at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya.

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