WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Behaviour: Invertebrates

Kutub Uddin, Bangladesh/UK

Head hunter

Glimpsing movement out of the corner of his eye, Kutub saw this spider pounce on a marmalade hoverfly. The pair jostled in the leaf litter until the spider began its meal – head first. Kutub stacked several images together, capturing the drama against a background card to complement the tone of the leaf and the now dried eye of the hoverfly.

The fence post jumper is one of more than 5,000 species of jumping spider, renowned for their excellent vision and cat-like hunting skills. Like most spiders, it has eight eyes – the two largest providing acute vision. Spotting prey from afar, it creeps up and then pumps three pairs of its legs full of fluid to spring.

Technical specification

Sony A77 Mark II; 100mm lens and Raynox filter; 1/250 sec at f13; ISO 100; Sony flash.


Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, West Sussex, England, UK: latitude 50.937756, longitude -0.493758 Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, West Sussex, England, UK: latitude 50.937756, longitude -0.493758

Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, West Sussex, England, UK

Intellectual property rights to all WPY images are retained by the photographers. Reproduction without prior written consent constitutes an actionable infringement. For usage enquiries please contact us.

Sign up to receive emails from the Natural History Museum about events and exhibitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year.



Love this image?

Choose your favourite from this year's collection. You can only choose once.

Top five favourites

Kutub Uddin

Kutub Uddin, Bangladesh/UK

Born and raised in rural Bangladesh, Kutub moved to the UK at the age of 25. After receiving his first camera as a gift he started taking pictures of animals and landscapes. He has since developed his interest, studying different photography techniques through online courses and books.

  • Fly killer