WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

10 Years and Under

Adam Hakim Hogg, Malaysia

The make-you-jump spider

To photograph this nocturnal spider without disturbing it, Adam and his dad set up the camera and flash in the daylight, then crept back at night to wait. ‘When the spider does come out it’s like a bullet,’ says Adam, ‘it makes you jump every time.’ Adam loves the thrill of night walks in the rainforest, even if it takes three days to get one image.

Trapdoor spiders lie in their silken burrows, camouflaged with plant matter. Their feet are in contact with the strands of silk that radiate out from the entrance, waiting for unsuspecting prey to stumble on the trip lines. But trapdoor spiders are not easily fooled – a single twitch isn’t enough, they only pounce when a few lines are tugged.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 500D; 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f11; ISO 800; Speedlite flash; Gitzo tripod.


Bukit Fraser, Malaysia: latitude 3.703683, longitude 101.742256 Bukit Fraser, Malaysia: latitude 3.703683, longitude 101.742256

Bukit Fraser, Malaysia

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Adam Hakim Hogg

Adam Hakim Hogg, Malaysia

Adam has been taking wildlife photographs for as long as he can remember. He spends lots of his free time with his dad photographing the wildlife around their home in Malaysia. He is also a keen bird watcher.