In order to get the rodent dispute in-frame, Rowley explained that he had to lay flat on the subway platform, working five late nights to get the newly award-winning shot.
The winning photo, however, shows a closer-to-home scene that still may go unnoticed by many.
The photographer has been taking pictures for 15 years and was searching for a more original composition for an urban wildlife project.More news: UK Treasury chief quits as Johnson shakes up Cabinet
The award is now in its 55th year and is organized by the Natural History Museum in London as a way to showcase nature photography and highlight the photographers who capture wildlife.
As he recalled his time in the London underground, Rowley said one moment in particular stood out while he was down on the floor doing his work.
The entry pool included amateur and professional photographers from around the world, capturing striking images of polar bears, jaguars, frogs and more. Fight rodents that got on the shot, lasted a fraction of a second before one of the mice was the victor.
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Another, "Losing the fight", depicts an orangutan wearing boxing gloves and shorts - a critique of the degrading performances the animals are forced to partake at Safari World in Bangkok and across wider Asia. White arctic reindeer dot the frigid landscape of Svalbard, in the Norwegian archipelago. "The mice's behaviour is sculpted by our daily routine, the transport we use and the food we discard", museum director Sir Michael Dixon said in the statement.
While Station Squabble won the People's Choice Award after being exhibited among 25 others at the Natural History Museum in London, back in October the overall competition was won by Yongqing Bao. Captured by Michel Zoghzoghi on the shores of Brazil's Três Irmãos River, the photo is particularly mesmerizing for its motif of dappled rosettes-a pattern present not just on the big cat duo, but also on the snake that connects them.
The dappled sunlight of the photo shows the young rhino, Kitui, pressing his nose to that of Elias Mugambi, a ranger at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.More news: Bouwmeester 'doing very well' day after collapsing in Blues game