Wildlife photographer Sam Rowley has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 55 LUMIX People's Choice Award for a picture of two mice which jumped at each other and began to fight over the tiny crumbs.
“Mice scurried between small piles of food dropped by innumerable commuters. Although he intended only to capture simple silhouettes, Sam grabbed a split-second chance when two mice jumped at each other and began to fight over the tiny crumbs,” Natural History Museum in London stated in an article.
Sam said, “I am so pleased to win this 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. I hope it shows people the unexpected drama found in the most familiar of urban environments.”
Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Museum, 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.”