The Western Development Commission (WDC) in association with photo website Pix.ie has launched a photo competition 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 at the launch (Monday 18th May), “With over 335,000 people expected to attend the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival we are taking this opportunity to remind visitors that the Western Region has many attractions for anyone thinking of setting up a creative business. We’ve recently published a report, “Creative West: The Creative Sector in the Western Region”, that showed when international comparisons are factored in, the Western Region has the potential to create at least an extra 2,000 jobs in the creative sector.
“What we are asking people to do is to ‘snap and send’ their images onto the Pix.ie website so that people all over the world can look west and join in the fun. Through the photos they will see the beauty and the character of the region and that might attract them to consider setting up businesses in the Western Region. We have set a target of getting 10,000 images uploaded so that we can set a new Irish record for entries to an online photo competition.
“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 that runs from 23rd May 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.
For further information;
Joanne Grehan, Western Development Commission, 086 856 5802
or Angela Bane, Bane Mullarkey, 087 286 5217