Mouse Fight on Subway Wins Lumix People’s Choice For Wildlife Photographer Of The Year
Just a few months ago we were looking at the 25 finalists of the LUMIX People’s Choice Award, wondering which photograph was going to snatch the prize. And all the power was in our hands as the voting was open to the public, with a deadline of Tuesday, February 4, 2020. The competition attracts over 48,000 entries from 100 countries. As the day passed, everyone waited in anticipation to hear from The Natural History Museum. And at last, they announced which shot was the winner, and itsno other than the fan-favorite “Station Squabble” by Sam Rowley!
The perfect moment snapped on the London Underground shows two mice fighting over scraps of food. The photographer had to rely on patience, as he had seen the fights before, so he decided to just lie on the ground and wait. And it definitely paid off!
1. “Station Squabble” by Sam Rowley was named the winner of this year’s LUMIX People’s Choice Award
The photographer thought that he could click photos of mice residing in London’s Underground by laying and waiting on the platform. A few times he saw them fighting over food scraps dropped by passengers. This was a short fight where one rat grabs the crumb from the other and goes away.
2. “Losing The Fight”, Aaron Gekoski, UK – highly commended
People have started to be more interested in watching Orangutans box each other instead of going for safari rides. In 2004 the international pressure had made these shows stop but now these shows go on twice a day where the orangutan plays the drum, dance and boxes.
3. “Matching Outfits”, Michel Zoghzoghi, Lebanon – highly commended
As one of the Lumix people’s choice award, this photographer was clicking photos of Jaguars on the TrêsIrmãos River where he noticed a mother and cub crossing right in front of their boat. He watched them leave the water with an anaconda in their mouth having a similar pattern.
4. “The Surrogate Mother”, Martin Buzora, Canada – highly commended
In Northern Kenya, a ranger Elias Mugambi in Lewa wildlife conservancy spends his weeks away from family taking care of orphaned black rhinos. Poaching has made most of these black rhinos orphan as their mothers are blind and cannot nurture them in the wild. Here’s the rest of the finalists that are just as stunning:
5. “Mother Knows Best”, Marion Vollborn, Germany
Marion had spotted a grizzly bear and her cub approaching a tree on a bear watching trip to Nakina River in British Columbia, Canada. The mother bear rubs her back against the tree trunk and the cub watcher her for sometime and then starts imitating her.
6. “Inquisitive”, AudunRikardsen, Norway
Audun had taken 3 years to click this photo of this beautiful bird of prey in the coastal environment from a hide on the coast of Northern Norway. This golden eagle noticed the camera and seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight.
7. “Tender Play”, Steve Levi, USA
This picture in the Lumix people’s choice award of a mother polar bear and her two cubs was clicked by Steve in March after 10 days of search. Their birthing den was in Wapusk national park, Canada and they were on their journey to the sea ice so that their mother could give them food. The cubs were very playful after their nap.
8. “Trustful”, Ingo Arndt, Germany
Ingo has been following Pumas residing in Torres del Paine National park in Chile for more than 2 years. The puma had once fallen asleep nearby because she adapted to his presence. When she woke up, she gave a glance as if she was fine with him and captured the photo of this puma who is completely relaxed.
9. “What A Poser”, Clement Mwangi, Kenya
“In Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, Clement spent time observing this beautiful leopard as she soaked up the last warm rays of the setting sun. Clement is mindful to remember to take pleasure in life’s simple moments – being all too aware that sometimes, as a wildlife photographer, you can miss the exceptional while looking for the unusual.”
10. “Training Session”, Stefan Christmann, Germany
Stefan had captured this photo of a penguin Couple moving with their egg across Atka Bay, Antartica but it was surprising as egg laying season was a while away. But on a closer view he noticed that it was actually a snowball. These couples seemed to be practicing egg transfer to prepare for when the real egg comes. This is first proof or document of this event.
11. “The Unwelcome Visitor”, Salvador Colvée Nebot, Spain
“Over several months, Salvador watched different species of bird use the dead flower spike of this agave in Valencia, Spain as a perch before descending to a small pond to drink. A pair of common kestrels was frequent visitors though each time they came magpies would hassle them.”
12. “A Suitable Gift”, Marco Valentini, Italy
This picture was captured in Hortobagyi National park, Hungary by Marco where he spots kestrels behaving as if they are in a typical courtship. The female had received a young green lizard from a suitor and in that moment it appears as if she gently held his claw.
13. “Teamwork”, Jake Davis, USA
As one if the Lumix people’s choice award, in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada Jake had spotted humpback whales which were following a technique bubble-net feeding. One whale would dive in for locating fishes and the remaining would swim in small decreasing circles blowing bubbles out so as to create a net and trap the fish.
14. “Family Get-Together”, Michael Schober, Austria
In Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria the marmot has become so use to the presence of humans that people can observe and click pictures of them at a closer range. This behavior of marmots can be beneficial for them but human company avoids predators like golden eagles, etc.
15. “Beak To Beak”, Claudio Contreras Koob, Mexico
The largest flocks of Caribbean flamingos have their home in Ria Lagartos Biosphere reserve, Yucatan, a state in Mexico. The chick is only 5 days old where it would start wandering with other youngsters who are also less than a week old in look for food.