Some 7,200 photos from the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival have been uploaded onto the www.pix.ie website in a record-beating challenge, but the website wants to make it to 10,000 over the next 48 hours to land the Irish record for the fastest upload of digital images.
The website www.pix.ie is running a competition, co-sponsored by the Western Development Commission, with prizes of digital cameras to the value of €1,500.
The competition is being run as part of the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival, which is taking place this week.
The winners will be chosen by marine sports journalist and photographer David Branigan.
“With only 48 hours to go, we are still on track to make create an Irish upload record of having 10,000 images uploaded,” said Joanne Grehan, regional development executive of the WDC.
“If we can get just another 2,800 images on the website, it will create tremendous international interest, on top of the massive attention the board race has already garnered.
“We’re trying to use the competition to highlight the Western Region, which according our recent study, ‘Creative West: The Creative Sector in the Western Region’, showed the region has the potential to create at least an extra 2,000 badly needed jobs in the creative sector.
“The Creative West is an initiative by the WDC to highlight the Western Region as Ireland’s hub for the creative industries where there are already 11,000 jobs in the sector, according to a recent WDC survey,” Grehan said.
By John Kennedy
Pictured: just some of the photos from the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival uploaded to Pix.ie