Photo of 2 mice ‘fighting’ on subway platform wins award

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(ABC News) – The photo of two mice that appear to be fighting in London’s Underground has won the 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice Award.

More than 48,000 photos were submitted.

Photographer Sam Rowley said he spent five days lying on the dirty London subway platform waiting for just the right moment. The mice would occasionally “fight” over scraps of food dropped by passengers but the tussles lasted only a few minutes, he noted.

Station squabble by Sam Rowley, UKStation squabble by Sam Rowley, UKSam Rowley/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Here are other images that were entered in to the contest. You can see the entire exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London until May 31.

Losing the fight by Aaron Gekoski, UKLosing the fight by Aaron Gekoski, UKAaron Gekoski/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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 more.

The surrogate mother by Martin Buzora, CanadaThe surrogate mother by Martin Buzora, CanadaMartin Buzora/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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 a result of poaching or because their mothers are blind and cannot care for them safely in the wild.

Matching outfits by Michel Zoghzoghi, LebanonMatching outfits by Michel Zoghzoghi, Lebanon Michel Zoghzoghi/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Michel was in Pantanal, Brazil, photographing jaguars. One afternoon, as he was on the Tres Irmaos 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.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest was created by the Natural History Museum of London.

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