‘Jerry vs Jerry’ at London Underground station
The winning photo of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 55 Lumix People’s Choice Award could have been mistaken for an episode of the world-famous Tom and Jerry cartoon, with a slight twist.
In the photo, two “Jerrys” were captured fighting for food at the London Underground station.
The image was of two black mice in mid altercation over food crumbs on an empty Tube platform, which was aptly titled, “Station Squabble.”
It was taken by wildlife photographer Sam Rowley at one of the London Underground stations, who became fascinated by the rodents living amongst busy commuters in the city.
The split-second face-off was captured as the two mice found a morsel of food dropped by a passenger. It was one of the 25 shortlisted images for the competition out of 48,000 entries.
“Station Squabble” garnered 28,000 votes and is being displayed at London’s Natural History Museum until May 31.
Rowley in an article published at the Natural History Museum said that he had to lay down on the platform to capture images of mice as he spent five nights capturing and documenting the city’s rodents.
His favourite subjects are urban wildlife which includes the rodents living in the city just like his picture, to prove that the city can also be “a wild place.”
The inspiration to capture the life of rodents in the city came after his friend sent him a video of rats scurrying along the Tube platform.
Rowley’s “Station Squabble” will be displayed, along with the other 24 shortlisted photographs, in the Natural History Museum at South Kensington, London until May 31.
The award was to recognise pictures that entered for the competition but did not win during last year’s entry.