‘Capture a Sligo Summer Moment’

LookWest.ie Photo Competition to Capture the Buzz and Magic of Sligo

The Western Development Commission (WDC) has launched a photo competition to capture a Sligo summer moment as part of its LookWest.ie initiative to promote the Western Region as a great place to live, work and do business.

The competition, in association with Capture Gallery and Sligo Chamber, will take place as part of the summer programme of festivals and events and LookWest.ie wants people to share their most inspiring, exciting, fun-filled photos capturing the perfect Sligo Summer moment. Landscapes, surf-scapes, festivals, gigs and summer fun-filled shots – the competition will capture the buzz and magic of Sligo and the organisers are especially looking forward to seeing great photos from the Lissadell concerts and surrounding fringe events.

Ian Brannigan, Development Manager at WDC said: “This July, all eyes are on Sligo for sunshine, surf, sailing, GAA and, above all, the eagerly anticipated Leonard Cohen and Westlife concerts at Lissadell House. We are asking people to get out their cameras and show how their county shines. Simply ‘snap and send’ your images via www.LookWest.ie or email photos to photos@lookwest.ie

The competition will run for the month of July and prizes will include a netbook from local broadband provider, Fastcom Broadband. A shortlist of the top 20 photographs will be chosen by a judging panel of Sligo photographers. The shortlisted photos will be exhibited from Wednesday August 4th until Saturday August 14th at the recently opened Capture Gallery, Sligo’s only dedicated fine art photography exhibition space. The winning photo will be chosen from the shortlist of 20 by a public vote during the photo exhibition in Capture Gallery and online via LookWest.ie

“Because the competition is online, people from all over the world can look west and join in the fun. Through the photos they will see the beauty and the character of county Sligo and that will help promote the Western Region as an attractive location for enterprise,” Mr Brannigan concluded.


The competition will run for the month of July. To enter log on to www.LookWest.ie or email photos to photos@lookwest.ie


For further information please contact:
Ian Brannigan, Western Development Commission, 086 604 8012
Joanne Grehan, Western Development Commission, 086 856 5802
Bernadette Mullarkey, Bane Mullarkey, 086 806 2540

About Capture Gallery

Capture Gallery opened in May 2010 to provide a dedicated place for photographers, both local and national, to showcase their work. The gallery aspires to encourage photographers to develop their own unique styles and express their personalities through the medium of photography at the highest standard, as well as giving the public an opportunity to consider photography as an alternative art form. The gallery has a full calendar of exhibitions for the remainder of 2010, as well as eight more commercial exhibitions planed for 2011.

Capture Gallery is also available for commercial hire throughout the year www.capturegallery.ie

About Sligo Chamber

Sligo Chamber is the largest business membership organisation in the North West of Ireland, representing over 300 businesses and organisations in Sligo City and County. Sligo Chamber is accredited to Chambers Ireland, Ireland’s largest business network with 60 member chambers representing 13,000 businesses on the island of Ireland. The Chamber is based in Quay Street in Sligo City. www.sligochamber.ie