Lumix announces Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Posted by Imogen Searra on 12 February 2020

The LUMIX People’s Choice finalist for the 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award has been announced. The winning image encapsulates a fleeting moment and perfect timing and serves as a reminder of human-wildlife interconnectivity.

You may recall an image of two mice brawling in the London Underground that went viral last year, captured by Sam Rowley. The image, ‘Station Squabble’, shows the mice in a very convincing and human-like fist fight.

Rowley explained that the altercation lasted a ‘split second’ before one of the mice was triumphant in snatching a bread crumb, the reason for the fight.

The photograph was submitted to London’s Natural History Museum and has won the award. According to Standard, the image was selected by a public voting system. From the 48,000 entries, this peculiar picture made it onto a shortlist of 25 images.

Director of the Natural History Museum Michael Dixon said: ‘Sam’s image provides a fascinating glimpse into how wildlife functions in a human-dominated environment. The mice’s behaviour 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.’

Four other photos were selected as highly commended for the award:

The entire shortlist gallery can be viewed here.

Image: Sam Rowley



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