The Western Development Commission’s (WDC) LookWest.ie photo competition is proving to be very popular with the tens of thousands of visitors to the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway. So far, visitors to the festival have uploaded 4,500 of their festival photos to photo website Pix.ie. The photo competition is sponsored by the WDC to highlight the ‘Creative West’ as the Western Region rapidly becomes Ireland’s hub for the creative industries with over 11,000 jobs in the sector according to a recent WDC survey.
Joanne Grehan, Regional Development Executive of the WDC, said, “The number of people in Galway over the weekend to visit the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival broke all records for a tourism event in Ireland. At LookWest.ie, we are also trying to break another record, by asking visitors to upload their photos from the event onto the Pix.ie website. At the moment we have over 4,500 images uploaded and we now have another four days to get a further 5,500 onto the website, a process that is ridiculously easy. If we can reach the 10,000 mark Pix.ie tell us that we will create an Irish record, which would be a bit of fun as well as showcasing the fun and craic of the festival to those, right around the world, who can’t be with us here.
“We’re using this competition to highlight what we call the Creative West, to showcase all the creative industries that are now clustered in the Western Region, making the region Ireland’s creative hub. Our recently published report, “Creative West: The Creative Sector in the Western Region”, showed the Western Region has the potential to create at least an extra 2,000 jobs in the creative sector, which is particularly valuable in these tough economic times.
“The WDC is taking every opportunity to promote the Western Region as a great place to live, work and do business during what will be the largest gathering of people in the region during the entire year. Our highly successful LookWest.ie campaign has identified a very significant number of highly skilled individuals who would love the opportunity to move west,” Ms Grehan added.
The photo competition is open to all. Participants are asked to simply upload their photos, taken during the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival to the 6th of June, onto http://pix.ie/go/lookwest. The winners will be chosen by marine sports journalist and photographer David Branigan. Prizes include top of the range digital cameras to a total value of €1,500.