Wednesday, February 19, 2020

London Subway Squabble

Seeing is believing! 

A scene of what looks like a fight between two rats on a train platform inside of London's subway has won one of the world's top awards for wildlife photography. 

Taken by Sam Rowley (right), the picture was simply titled "Subway Squabble" – and it won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year's People Choice Award, an annual competition held by the Natural History Museum in London. 

It was chosen after it secured more than 28,000 votes from a shortlist of 25 images and having beaten 48,000 other pictures. 

According to the museum's website, the semi-professional photographer spent five nights for his project, taking his time to capture the photograph in London's metro system, where an estimated two million commuters use it every day. 

Rowley had glimpsed two rodents scampering toward a small pile of food when they began to get rowdy. In a split second, he snapped a photo of them fighting over the morsel. 

"The tunnels are a desperate place to live if they need to have a boxing match over a tiny little crumb", he said. 

Rowley declared happiness at winning the award: "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". 

Michael Dixon, director of the museum, praised the photograph, saying it "provides a fascinating glimpse into how wildlife functions in a human-dominated environment". 

He continued: "The mice's behavior is sculpted by our daily routine, the transport we use and the food we discard. 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". 

The photo can be seen at the museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition until May 31, 2020.

And here's Rowley's favorite Photoshopped version of the award-winning photo!

Rats with lightsabers!

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