Animals and photography. Is there any better duo?

In a fast-paced London Underground platform, there lived two mice who rarely got along. Commuters may already have their own sets of issues and troubles, but these two were no different. They had squabbles, just like any ordinary folks; not that we fight over scraps on the floor -more on world domination- but from a universal perspective that’s basically the same thing.

Sam Rowley, the photographer who captured the winning moment, lingered patiently on the tube platform. He waited for rodents bold enough to make an appearance for some tempting scraps on the floor. When they did, a fight ensued between two of the most fearsome mice that ever lived — Maximus and Commodus.

While the fight only lasted for a second, Rowley captured the scene perfectly. And just like that, his lurking days paid off — some 28,000 nature photography enthusiasts voted on a shortlist of 25 images, naming ‘Station Squabble’ this year’s favorite. You have to admire the dedication and the focus photographers have for their oblivious subjects, while most of us can barely keep our attention to a single thing:

“Hmm, these fries look good. Was that a bird?

What’s that thing my wife wanted me to buy? Almond milk?

Not almond milk? Was that a bird?”

The epic mice battle has circulated the internet since it first came out and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice award just made its awesomeness official. Check out more captivating images that have won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice award in the past years.

1. 2018: Bond of Brothers

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We’re delighted to reveal the WINNER of the @LumixUK #WPYpeopleschoice Award is @DavidLloyd with his heart-warming image, Bond of Brothers. Congratulations, David! To find out more and see the Highly Commended images that made it into the top five, visit our latest article via the link in our bio. These two adult males, likely brothers, rubbed faces for around 30 seconds before settling down. It is unusual behaviour for lions to nuzzle for so long, and David felt privileged to experience and photograph this beautiful moment. Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite image. What makes this Award so special is the fact that it gives the public the chance to share their love for wildlife and wild places, and to become part of this global competition. David’s image will be showcased in the #WPY54 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum until it closes on 30 June. For exhibition info and to book tickets, visit the nhm.ac.uk. #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #PublicVote #PeoplesChoice #LUMIX #Nature #Wildlife #Photojournalism #NaturePhotography #NaturalBeauty #PhotographyContest #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #Instagood #Instanature #NaturalHistoryMuseum #Lion #Lions #Tanzania #BigCats #Cats #Museum #Exhibition #London

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It’s breathtaking to see apex predators, as fierce as they are, share a moment of
affection. Two adult male lions presumed to be brothers did exactly that in this
enthralling image snapped by David Lloyd. Because when they’re not tearing the limbs
of their prey, lions really just want warmth and love, just like how you want your blankie.

2. 2017: Pikin and Appolinaire

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We're delighted to announce the WINNER of the #WPYPeoplesChoice Award is Jo-Anne McArthur with her heart-warming image Pikin and Appolinaire. Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations, Jo-Anne! Jo-Anne's intimate photograph of a lowland gorilla and one of her rescuers depicts conservation in action and highlights our connection with our fellow apes. Pikin, the lowland gorilla, had been captured and removed from her habitat to be sold for bushmeat, but was rescued by Ape Action Africa. Jo-Anne took her shot as Pikin was being moved from one enclosure to another. The gorilla awoke from sedation during the transfer but remained calm for the bumpy drive, resting drowsily in the arms of her human companion, Appolinaire. Jo-Anne’s image will be showcased in the #WPY53 exhibition at the @natural_history_museum until it closes on 28 May. For exhibition info visit the link in our bio. Image by Jo-Anne McArthur/ @weanimals #WPY #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #PublicVote #PeoplesChoice #Nature #Wildlife #WildAnimals #Photojournalism #NaturePhotography #NaturalBeauty #PhotographyContest #Photography #PhotoOfTheDay #PhotographyCompetition #NaturalHistoryMuseum #Conservation #Africa #Animals #Gorillas #BlackAndWhite #WeAnimals #ApeActionAfrica #LowlandGorilla #Mammals #Gorilla #Photographer

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Jo-Anne McArthur’s shot of a young gorilla and her caretaker in a state of peace and joy
bagged the coveted People’s Choice award in 2017. After being rescued by Ape Action
Africa from poachers, Pikin met her compassionate caretaker. This image speaks of
love and gratitude that transcends to the very core. We’re pleased that McArthur was
there to make sure the world saw it, too.

3. 2016: The Blue Trail

Nature is our very own color palette and this kingfisher’s iridescent hues are as
enchanting as a fairy tale. Mario Cea from Spain was the Special Award winner in 2016
for his snap of the pretty bird quenching its thirst on its favorite pond. Who would have
thought the act of hydration can be this dazzling?

4. 2015: A Swinging Time

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And your winner is… You voted in your thousands and chose Thomas Vijayan’s A swinging time as your People's Choice winner! Entry to the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now open via the website. Born in Kerala and raised in Bangalore, Thomas now lives in Canada with his family. He had travelled from Canada to Kabini, Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka, to photograph the park’s big cats, when he spotted these grey langurs basking and playing in the rays of evening light. ‪#‎India Thomas' image will now be showcased in the Natural History Museum, London's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. #WPY51 #naturephotography #india #karnataka #primate #PeoplesChoice #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographeroftheyear #nature #photography #nikon

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While on a safari in India, Thomas Vijayan took this winning image of gray langurs
having the time of their lives. The smallest one displayed unmatched exuberance and
resourcefulness by using the tail of two others to play, catching Vijayan’s attention. It
also imparts a very important lesson: Enjoy what you have. And swing it (sorry).

5. 2014: Facebook Update

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Facebook update by Marsel van Oosten. Winner, People’s Choice Award 2014. A tourist at Jigokudani #Monkey Park, #Japan, was so desperate to get a close-up of this young Japanese #macaque in a natural hot spring that she held her phone ever nearer to her subject. Suddenly, the monkey snatched the device from her hand and retreated to the middle of the water to examine its prize. Marsel, who was leading a photographic tour at the time, saw the chance for a striking picture. His main challenge was the steam rising from the 42˚C water into the freezing air. ‘I wanted a really low angle,’ he explains, ‘but that meant getting close to the water. My lens was cold and kept fogging up, making focussing almost impossible.’ At first, the macaque just fumbled with the gadget. It had no idea what it had stolen but was nonetheless pleased with its new toy. It even managed to let the built-in flash go off a few times. When it finally held the phone just as a human would, looking intently at the screen, Marsel was ready to capture the image he had envisaged. #WPY50 #naturephotography #WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #nature #iphonephotography #iphone #wildlife #wildlifephotography

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A tourist at Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan got too close to get the perfect snap of a
Japanese macaque lazing in a natural hot spring. She didn’t get her desired photo.
What happened next was even better (not for the tourist who lost her phone) — the
monkey snatched the device from her hand, retreated to the middle of the water, and
inspected its new toy.

Marsel van Oosten from The Netherlands, who was leading a photographic tour at the
time, felt fortunate to witness and even capture the moment. Meanwhile, I can’t even get
a decent picture of my cat doing barely funny things. It is, however, unclear whether the
tourist ever got her property back or the monkey decided to add the phone to its
collection of “tourist mistakes” souvenirs.

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