Photo Of Mice Brawling In London Tube Station Wins Award

by : Emily Brown on : 12 Feb 2020 12:43
Fighting mice wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year awardSam Rowley/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

An incredible photo showing two mice having a fist fight has been awarded the Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s People’s Choice Award. 

I say ‘fist fight’ – do mice have fists? Either way, they definitely appeared to have fallen out over something as the image, captured by photographer Sam Rowley, showed the two little rodents on their hind legs while caught in an altercation.


The winning photo, titled ‘Station Squabble’, was snapped in a London tube station and managed to beat out 48,000 entries submitted from photographers from 100 different countries.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is run by the Natural History Museum, which explains how the photographs have the power ‘to inspire, excite and amaze’.

The website adds:


Great images of nature transform the way people look at the natural world, challenge opinion and stimulate debate.

Rowley’s photo was voted for by the public, and was announced as the winner today, February 12.

Sam said:


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 winning photo is certainly deserving, though it definitely leaves some questions to be answered. Most importantly; what on earth were the two mice fighting over? A seat on the tube? A cheese sandwich left behind by a tired commuter? Another mouse?

Unfortunately, we’ll never know. But we can have fun wondering.


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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Animals, London, Photography


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