Winners Photography Awards 2012
Special Mention: SURAJ DAS – ‘Jewelled Web’
‘Jewelled Web’ In the early morning sun, dew collected on the well?concealed trap of a funnel web spider glistens like so many diamonds, revealing the spider’s lair. Shot in the Kaas plateau, near Satara, Maharashtra, the photographer said he had to lean in close to catch a glimpse of the web’s occupant as it emerged, in search of its first catch of the day. Contrary to common belief, recent studies suggest that these arachnids adopt a sit?and?wait strategy to prey on insects by forming a basket with their legs, before administering a lethal bite.