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India Is Video Compeition

For anybody who knows me well (and possibly even those who don’t) it’s no secret that India has left an impression upon me that I haven’t felt travelling in any other country. A couple of weeks ago I received the following message in my youtube inbox:

Hey Samuel,

Just watched the video ‘Camel Safari Tour (Thar Desert) Part 13 – Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India‘. We think it’ll click really well in the ‘India is Wherever you Are’ category of ‘India Is’ Global Video Challenge 2011. It’s the Indian Govt.’s brainchild, and you have the chance of winning upto $7500. Get in touch, and make your submission official at

See you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sent to:ย nomadicsamuel

Now these kinds of messages ‘pop up’ all the time and most of them are fake or phony requests. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I get a message saying my channel is ‘great’ or that I’ve made an ‘awesome’ video. Unfortunately, more often than not, these messages are nothing more than a plea to join some kind of service such as sub4sub.

I was about to disregard this message but for some strange reason (unbeknownst to me) I decided to give it another glance. Upon further review the message seemed to be legit and I went over and check out the website:

India Is Video Compeition

I rarely need an excuse to dust off the vaults with regards to doing projects related to India with my photos or videos. I typically find embedded memories of my glorious adventures stored in my individual photos. Sometimes a certain photo or video can take me back in time and make me feel as though I was back there right now experiencing it all again.

Some of the highlights were photos from The Pink City of Jaipur, The Taj Mahal and Amritsar’s The Golden Temple.

ย It was with sheer delight that I spent this afternoon making three videos to enter into the competition in the following categories:

1) India Is Wherever You Areย 

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2) India Is Colourfulย 

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3) India Is Creativeย 

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Thanks for taking the time to check out these videos and for those who are interested in participating in the contest be sure to check out the official website for more information and submission guidelines: India Is.

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  1. says: alvaro

    Hi Samuel, great videos indeed. Congratulations.
    – . – . – . –

    I have one question, I’ve read the contest rules and they say something about photo stills and videos. Are the photos allowed in the videos? I want to participate too…
    See you then.

    1. Alvara, that’s a good question. I’ve noticed other submissions (already posted) having stills. I think they may prefer video footage but I feel my photos are a bit stronger and I didn’t take as much video back then as I would have liked. When you’ve got your videos up let me know and I’ll come and take a look.

  2. says: Claire

    Those are wonderful! I think number 3 is my favourite makes me want to go to India everybody looks so friendly, love 2 for all the colours and 1 has remarkable photos as well! Great work, good luck!

  3. says: Sherry

    I really like the video #2 (Colorful India). But then again, I’m biased – I’m intrigued with colorful people and things and India looks like a place full of those. Good luck, Samuel!

  4. says: The India Is Team

    Hi Samuel,

    This is just to verify that it was an official message from our team. Many thanks for making the videos, we request you to submit them on our website, here:

    We look forward to receiving your entries.
    Thank you!

    The India Is Team

    1. Thank you!

      I just submitted my videos today ๐Ÿ™‚ I took some time to view other submissions and you’ve already got a great collection. I’ve been telling friends (who’ve been to India) to enter as well.



  5. says: Erica

    These are great videos! Goodluck on this! I hope you win, then maybe you could have a “free ticket to India” giveaway! Hahaha!