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The Superstar India Contest

April 23, 2008
Shobhaa De's Superstar India: From Incredible to Unstoppable (Penguin Books India) will hit bookstores across the country on April 29.

The hero of the prolific author's latest book is India.

India is a special hero for most of us. She is beautiful, amazing.

India changes daily. Yet, in many ways, she does not change at all.

She is on the fast track to becoming an economic powerhouse, making a difference and bringing hope to countless millions of people. But her timelessness is equally beautiful to observe.

She is, without doubt, a superstar.

On the occasion of the launch of Shobhaa De's unusual book on India, we ask you for your most special pictures or videos of India, the Superstar.

Send us stunning photographs or video footage you have shot yourself that conveys the beauty of our country. Its unique character. Its unusual, colourful spirit. Photographs/videos that depict what a wonderful place India is. And win fabulous prizes!

Novelist Shobhaa De will judge your entries.

We will post the winning pictures and footage on rediff.com

There is no limit on the number of entries you can send.

Prizes

First prize, Video Contest: Rs 15,000

First prize, Photograph Contest: Rs 15,000

Second prize, Video Contest: Books worth Rs 10,000 from Penguin.

Second prize, Photograph Contest: Books worth Rs 10,000 from Penguin.

Consolation prizes: Five entries to the video contest and five entries to the photograph contest will get autographed copies of Superstar India and a personal congratulatory letter from Ms De.

Last date: 6 pm, May 10

Entries sent after this deadline will not be considered for the contest.

Please take care to send in only original material. Photographs that you have clicked and videos shot by you and no one else.

How to enter your photographs

~ Photographs may have been captured on film or digital media.
~ Photographers who use film may scan their photographs.
~ Photographs may be edited in a digital image editing programme. But only minor image adjustment is permitted, such as cropping, sharpening, contrast and levels. The photo must not be manipulated beyond this -- objects should not be added or removed in order to enhance the shot.
~ No composite images please.
~ Please post your photographs on rediff's iShare (http://ishare.rediff.com/photo.php) photo posting area.
~ Mail the iShare link along with your name, address, phone number, the make and model number of your camera or cell phone and details of when and where the photograph was shot to indiathesuperstar@rediffmail.com. Without these details your entry will not be considered.
~You may be asked to provide us with the original camera file/ negative/ transparency/ print if your entry is selected.
~For help on how to upload your photograph check iShare tips.

How to enter your videos

~ Please post your video clips on rediff's iShare (http://ishare.rediff.com/video.php) video posting area.
~ Video entries should not exceed three minutes.
~ Mail the iShare link along with your name, address, phone number, the make and model number of your camera, handycam or cell phone and details of when and where the video was shot to indiathesuperstar@rediffmail.com. Without these details your entry will not be considered.
~You may be asked to provide us with the original video clip if your entry is selected.
~For help on how to upload your video check iShare tips.

No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.

Please do check the Rules and regulations for further details.

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Rules and regulations

~The Superstar India contest is open only to residents of India only.

~By participating in the contest, all entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of rediff.com

~Winners will be selected by Shobhaa De, assisted by a creative team from rediff.com and Penguin India.

~Entries must be in by 6 pm IST, May 10, 2008. Any entries sent after that will be ineligible for the contest.

~Selection of winners is based on the quality of the entry. Rediff.com's decision is final and no correspondence or phone calls in this regard will be entertained.

~Three attempts will be made to contact the winners by phone. In case these attempts are not successful, the next person on the list will be contacted.

~No cash substitution of the book prizes will be permitted.

~In the event a winner chooses not to accept the prize, he or she forfeits all claim to that prize.

~You may send as many entries as you like.

~Employees of rediff.com, India Abroad, Penguin India and their families are not eligible to participate in this contest.

A few very important points to remember while uploading:

~Make sure in the box called TITLE you write your name and the place where you live. Eg: Mahesh Singh, Hubli, Karnataka.
~Make sure in the box called TAGS you write SUPERSTAR INDIA.
~Make sure in the box called CATEGORY you mark OTHER.
~Make sure in the box called ACCESS mark PRIVATE.
~And finally do remember to send us the link!

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