The image is the “City Signature”. This image won me the highly commendable award in Young wildlife Photographer of the year 2020. Wildlife Photographer of the year is one of the most prestigious photography contests. It is often called “Oscars of Wildlife Photography”. This award is organised by the Natural history museum, London.
I shot this picture with Nikon D5000 + Nikkor 85 mm lens; 1/1600 sec at f6.3; ISO 200. The spider had built its web in by lanes of the main road; it used to build a new web every morning. My father and I watched it every weekend for a month. One day, when it had four signatures, I photographed it. I was not tall enough to have the spider in the middle of my image, so my father brought a stone and I stood on it and took the photograph. This Photograph is also special because my grandmother was with us when we were taking the photograph.
Signature spiders are orb weavers. Their signatures make them look big, so the predators think it is too big to swallow! Their signatures also reflect UV rays which attract insects.