After 28,000 wildlife photography fans voted for their favourite photo as part of the LUMIX People’s Choice Award of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and Bristol-based photographer, Sam Rowley’s “Station Squabble” came out on top.
Laying on a station floor on the London underground, as crowds passed by, in wait of this momentous moment, Sam managed to photograph this rare insight into wildlife that lives in the cracks and crevices of human existence.
Sam’s image was one of 25 images shortlisted for the Award by the Natural History Museum, from over 48,000 images submitted for the 2019 competition.
“I’m so pleased to win this award. It’s been a lifetime dream to succeed this competition in this way, with such a relatable photo in such an everyday ” says Sam. “I hope it shows people the unexpected drama found in the most familiar of urban environments.”
The remaining top five images were Aaron Gekoski’s heart-wrenching image of an orangutan being exploited for performance, Michel Zoghzhogi’s image of a mother jaguar and her cub grasping a captured anaconda, Martin Buzora’s poignant portrait of the connection between a conservation ranger and the baby black rhino he protects, and Francis De Andres’s delightful shot of a group of curious white arctic reindeer.
All five images will be displayed in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum until the 31 May 2020.