Epic battle between 2 mice in the subway wins prize and goes viral on the web

by Kelvin

Briton Sam Rowley spent a week waiting on the London Underground for the perfect moment of his photo, which won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

Goers of the london subway are used to seeing rats walking along the rails, under the boarding platform – there are an estimated half a million rats there. Sam Rowley, one of the “fans” of animals and motivated by an award, took a photo of the rodents after one week walking through different stations until capturing the perfect moment when a pair struggled over a piece of food dropped by a passenger.

His effort was not in vain: Sam won the public vote for the award Wildlife Photographer of the Year, (Wildlife Photographer of the Year, in free translation), a competition of the Natural History Museum of London. The image, named Squabble Station (fight at the station, also in free translation), received about 28 thousand votes.


The photographer lay on his stomach on the floor, waiting for his models for hours. The moment recorded lasted about a few seconds, according to him, and the rats soon went their separate ways after one of them won the contest.

Below, we show some of the heavyweight competition that Sam faced. In parentheses, in the caption, is the literal translation of each image.

Photo of the Year Competitors

Michel Zoghzoghi He was in the Brazilian Pantanal when he saw, on the Três Irmãos River (in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil), a mother jaguar and her calf eating an anaconda in front of her boat. What most caught the attention of the Lebanese photographer was the combination of the trio’s skin – hence the name “Matching costumes“.

In the image on the left is a baby rhinoceros.  On the right, a man.  Their noses touch.  The background of the photo is out of focus.

Elias Mugambi is a guard at a sanctuary in northern Kenya and tends to care for orphaned rhinos, who end up in such a way due to their mothers’ hunting or blindness. the canadian Martin Buzora it recorded a beautiful moment between Elijah and one of the orphans, named Kitui.

In the image, an orangutan is looking serious and sitting on a small bench beside the ropes of a ring.

The English Aaron Gekoski captured the moment of an orangutan dressed as a boxer by his “caregivers.” The animals have been used in ridiculed presentations on a Bangkok safari for decades. With a break in activities in 2004 due to public pressure, the shows have since continued, twice a day, filling the house with payers.

There are seven animals in the image, but it's hard to distinguish the species because they're all very white and they're in a totally snow-white environment.

In a Norwegian archipelago, the Spanish Francis de Andrés had to face extreme conditions to photograph. Fortunately, animal life managed to adapt very well to the climate. The local fauna was seen by him, who needed to capture an image of his observers.

Do you like fantastic images? Here at SMT they appear in several articles, such as this article about photographs taken with drones. It is worth checking!

Which one should take the award, in your opinion? Let us know in the comments!