Wildlife photography is no easy feat - you can’t direct your subjects, or really guarantee that they’ll even show up in the first place.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice award is designed to celebrate the best of the best when it comes to wildlife photography - check out the winning snap here.
The winning snap
The picture that won the award this year is titled ‘Station Squabble’ and was taken by photographer Sam Rowley.
The picture shows a dramatic scene of two mice fighting in a deserted London Underground platform.
Station Squabble by Sam Rowley (Picture: Sam Rowley)
Rowley explained that the best way to photograph the mice that lived in the London Underground was to simply lie on the platform and wait. He observed the mice getting into scraps over food that had been dropped by passengers - the squabble in his winning picture was over in seconds before one mouse grabbed a crumb and the two went their separate ways.
His winning picture will be displayed, alongside the other 25 shortlisted for the competition, at an exhibition at the Natural History Museum until 31 May 2020.
Other pictures in the running
There were other pictures that were in the running to claim the prize, including:
Matching Outfits by Michel Zoghzoghi - a picture that depicts two jaguars, a mother and her cub, holding in their mouths an anaconda with a similar pattern to their own.
Maching Outfits by Michel Zoghzoghi (Photo: Michel Zoghzoghi)
The Surrogate Mother by Martin Buzora, which highlights the special bond between baby rhinos orphaned by poachers and Elias Mugambi, a ranger at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya.
The Surrogate Mother by Martin Buzora (Picture: Martin Buzora)
Losing the Fight by Aaron Gekoski, whose picture shows how orangutans have been used for degrading performances with hundreds of people paying to watch them box.
Losing the Fight by Aaron Gekoski (Picture: Aaron Gekoski)
Spot the Reindeer by Francis De Andrés, which shows how the white arctic reindeer have adapted to the extreme environment of Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago.
spotthereindeeSpot the Reindeer by Francis De Andrés (Photo: Francis De Andrés)
The shortlist of images was selected by the Natural History Museum from almost 50,000 images that were submitted for the 2019 competition.
See the pictures in person
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 55 is touring the UK, and internationally, which means you have the opportunity to see these stunning shots in the flesh.
The tour locations and dates are as follows:
M Shed, Bristol - until 4 May 2020Seaton Tramway, Seaton - until 3 April 2020Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, St Peter Port - until 22 March 2020Nature in Art, Gloucester - until 29 March 2020The Base, Thatcham - until 26 April 2020Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Sewerby - 24 April to 5 July 2020Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham - 23 May to 6 September 2020The Collection, Lincoln - 4 July to 27 September 2020
If you’re interested in tickets to any of these exhibitions, you should get in touch with the venues directly.