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Vidyun R Hebbar's Image

Exploring his local theme park, Vidyun found an occupied spider’s web in a gap in a wall. A passing tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw) provided a backdrop of rainbow colours to set off the spider’s silk creation.

Tent spiders are tiny – this one had legs spanning less than 15 millimetres. They weave non-sticky, square-meshed domes, surrounded by tangled networks of threads that make it difficult for prey to escape. Instead of spinning new webs every day, the spiders repair existing ones.

Watch young wildlife photographer Vidyun R Hebbar tell the story of his winning image from the fifty-seventh competition.

Behind the lens

Vidyun R Hebbar

Vidyun R Hebbar


Vidyun is a keen photographer who loves photographing tiny creatures – spiders in particular – in the streets, parks and gardens near his home in the city of Bengaluru. He first featured in the competition when he was just eight.

Image details

  • Nikon D5000
  • 85mm f3.5 lens
  • 1/250 sec at f5  •   ISO 200 Manfrotto tripod
  • Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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