Subway Mouse Fight Wins People's Choice for Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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

The cinematic snapshot - which shows a pair of subway mice engaging in what appears to be an epic showdown on a platform within the London Underground system - was awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award, presented by London's Natural History Museum on Wednesday.

An image of two mice fighting over crumbs on the London Underground has been crowned the victor of a prestigious wildlife photography award.

I'm obviously just taking photos of the mice, you know, as you do.' And he's like 'Ah, sorry mate, I thought you'd had a heart attack, ' " Rowley says.

The photo was selected from over 48,000 submitted images and 25 impressive finalists and Rowley's winning photo is called "Station Squabble".

The overall competition was won a year ago by Yongqing Bao, who snapped the startled, tragicomic final moments of a marmot cornered by a fox in China's Qilian Mountains.

"Sam's image provides a fascinating glimpse into how wildlife functions in a human-dominated environment", Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum in London, said in the statement. The mice's behaviour is sculpted by our daily routine, the transport we use and the food we discard.

Losing the fight by Aaron Gekoski, UK - Orangutans have been used in degrading performances at Safari World, Bangkok -and many other locations -for decades.

"Every day, hundreds of people watch them box, dance, play the drums and perform other pointless tricks", Gekoski wrote on Instagram after he was shortlisted for the prize in December.

Another touching image, Canadian Martin Buzora's portrait of a Kenyan conservation ranger and the baby black rhino he protects, highlights both the kind and cruel impact of humans.

The museum said Rowley's photo was the first victor of the LUMIX People's Choice Award to feature a human-made environment.

(Aaron Gekoski/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)The Surrogate Mother shows ranger Elias Mugambi with an orphaned black rhino named Kitui at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya.

Also recognized was a shot of several arctic reindeer barely visible beneath freezing conditions in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic, taken by Francis De Andres. The simultaneously recognizable and unknown world Sam has captured draws the viewer into the image. "The young rhinos are in the sanctuary as a result of poaching or because their mothers are blind and can not care for them safely in the wild".

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