Top 50 Photos Shortlisted for ‘My Summer’ Photo Competition

– Public vote to choose overall winner

The top 50 photos from the My Summer photo competition have been selected and the public is now invited to vote for the overall winning photo. The competition, part of the Western Development Commission (WDC) initiative to promote the Western Region as a great place to live, work and do business, attracted hundreds of entries since it was launched two weeks ago.

Ian Brannigan of the WDC said: “We invited people to capture and submit their favourite West of Ireland summer moment and we were absolutely delighted with the response. There were over 750 entries to the competition which captured awe-inspiring landscapes, surfscapes, festivals, gigs and summer fun-filled shots of Ireland’s Western Region. The top 50 photos are truly stunning and all equally portray the West of Ireland at its best; they are now available for viewing and voting on  and on the Facebook page .”

The judging panel, which included Sligo photographer Colin Gillen of Framelight Studios, had a very difficult job in shortlisting the final 50 due to the creativity and energy of the photographs submitted. The shortlisted photos include captivating pictures of people jumping into Galway Bay from the diving board in Blackrock, Salthill, an enthusiastic dancer taking part in the annual O’ Carolan Harp Festival Door Dancing competition in Roscommon and an Alice in Wonderland themed photo, which was inspired by the Temple House Festival in Sligo.

Members of the public have from now until August 24th to vote for what they consider to be the best photo. Voting is free and easy to do through and on the Facebook page  and voters themselves are in with a chance to win one of the voters prizes including t-shirts from county Clare-based, Emerald Surfwear, tour vouchers from Galway-based Segway Adventures and a piece of handmade jewellery from Mayo-based jewellery designer Victoria Foutz.

The overall winners will be announced on August 25th and prizes include a weekend for four at the five star Lough Eske Castle Hotel, a gift hamper from the Source Restaurant, Wine Bar and a Cookery School in Sligo town and a gift voucher from McCambridge’s, Galway’s family-owned deli and fine foods store. was launched by the WDC in 2004 as a guide to living, working and doing business in the Western Region. As well as the 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.


For further information please contact:
Ian Brannigan Western Development Commission, 086 6048012
Bernadette Mullarkey, Bane Mullarkey, 086 806 2540