The winners of the Western Development Commission’s (WDC) LookWest.ie ‘My Summer’ photo competition have been announced. The winning photograph ‘Hubby and Son at Glencar Waterfall’ was taken by Noelle Burke of Co. Leitrim.
Helen Rochford Brennan, Chair of the WDC said, “When we launched the competition, we knew it would capture people’s imagination because nothing better sums up living in the Western Region than a stunning photograph. We were delighted with the response, with over 750 entries and over 2,000 members of the public voting for the shortlisted top 50 photos. Some of the photos submitted were truly spectacular and it can’t have been easy for people to pick their favourite.”
Paul Keyes, Head of Corporate Services at the WDC added, “Noelle Burke’s photo is fantastic – it represents so much of what is great about the West of Ireland; In fact Glencar Waterfall was voted as one of the LookWest.ie 7 Wonders of the West last year so it is no surprise that it featured amongst the many photos submitted for Co. Leitrim. We were really gratified with the response as it shows that people in the West of Ireland are really proud of their region and want to play an active part in promoting it as an excellent location for enterprise and employment. The photos will help us to showcase the attributes that make the Western Region such a great place to live, work and do business.”
The winner, Noelle Burke wins a fabulous prize of a weekend for four people at the 5 star Lough Eske Castle Hotel, outside Donegal town. The runner up is Brendan Lawlor with his photo ‘Jumping Ship’, which captures somebody jumping into Galway Bay from the diving board in Blackrock, Salthill. Brendan will receive a hamper from Source Sligo, the award-winning Source Restaurant, Wine Bar and a Cookery School in Sligo town. Third prize, a gift voucher from McCambridge’s of Galway, the family owned deli and fine foods store, goes to Miriam Havlin from Donegal for her photo ‘Sandcastles on Culdaff Beach, Inishowen’.
Paul Keyes said, “Because the competition was promoted online, we were able to use the popularity of social media and our large following on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to spread the message about the many advantages and benefits of living, working and doing business in the Western Region. Testament to our successful use of these various channels is the fact that LookWest.ie has recently been shortlisted for a Dot ie Net Visionary Award in the ‘Best Use of Social Media’ category.”
LookWest.ie was launched by the WDC in 2004 as a guide to living, working and doing business in the Western Region. As well as the LookWest.ie website, which receives over 20,000 visitors each month, the initiative works in partnership with relevant state agencies and is developing links with the Irish Diaspora to promote inward investment and job creation in the region – both crucial to address current challenges.
The winning photos are available for viewing at http://bit.ly/MySummerVoting .
For further information please contact:
Paul Keyes, Western Development Commission, 086 604 8014
Bernadette Mullarkey, Bane Mullarkey, 086 8062540