Camel fair puts India in the picture

14th Jun 2013

India's beguiling camel fair which has helped win the hearts of holidaymakers all over the world has now had the same seductive impact on judges in a global photography competition.

Pushkar Camel Fair, the largest event of its kind in the world, provided the inspiration for the winning entry in The Great Outdoors contest.

Entitled Homebound by Indian Times photographer Sudipto Das, it depicts a camel trader leaving a fairground with unsold animals after the Rajasthan event is over.

The jamboree is one of India's most popular festivals and events for visitors on group tours and family holidays alike.

It is a spectacle on an epic scale held every November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, attracting 300,000 people and up to 20,000 camels, cattle and horses.

The event provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the colour and spirit of one of the last great traditional melas.

It brings together livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over the state.

The competition was organised by the Wales-based Society of Nature and Wildlife Photographers.

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