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A photo of mice brawling in a London tube station just won a major photography award

INSIDER logoINSIDER 12/02/2020 Ben Mack
© Sam Rowley / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Unfortunately, fistfights happen from time to time in public places, and metro stations are no exception. We usually think of people brawling, though, not mice. 

Yet that appears to be exactly what happened at a tube station in London - and the fight was caught on camera.

The photographer Sam Rowley captured the incredible picture of the mice engaging in what appears to be mortal combat as part of the Natural History Museum in London's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

As Business Insider' Aylin Woodward wrote, the contest "awards photographers whose work inspires us to consider our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it."

Photographers from 100 countries submitted 48,000 entries for this year's edition of the competition.

Taken with a Nikon D500 camera, Rowley's photo - titled "Station Squabble" - captured a dispute that "lasted a split second, before one grabbed a crumb and they went their separate ways."

The photo won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year's People's Choice Award, garnering about 28,000 public votes. It was announced as the winner on February 12.

Rowley said in a press release: "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."

The photo can now be seen at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum until May 31. 

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