Photo upload record smashed!

8 Jun 2009

An effort to achieve the fastest upload of any amount of photos to a single Irish website has been achieved after 10,140 photos from the Volvo Ocean Race Festival were uploaded to

The image upload was an initiative of the Western Development Commission (WDC) and photo website, which was aimed at highlighting the Western Region internationally. According to a WDC study entitled ‘Creative West The Creative Sector in the Western Region’, on top of the existing 11,000 jobs in the region’s creative sector, there is potential to develop a further 2,000 jobs in the creative industries.

“We’re thrilled with the response from everyone, from kids of five to 85, who have been uploading their photos showing the Western Region, and Galway in particular, in such a positive light,” said Joanne Grehan, regional development executive of the WDC.

“Overnight, following huge media support, we managed to have more than 2,000 images uploaded, and this morning’s total now stands at 10,140 pictures.

“I recommend that anyone who wants to see sheer joy should log on to the website to see such happy, positive images of people enjoying themselves. Fáilte Ireland figures indicate that over half a million visitors came to Galway for the event, so for the other millions who couldn’t make it, they can share some of the craic online.”

The image uploads are part of a WDC-sponsored competition open to everyone, where all you have to do is to upload photos taken during the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival onto

The competition will remain open until next Thursday, 11 June, to allow time for everyone to upload their photos and be in with a chance of winning prizes that include top-of-the-range digital cameras to a total value of €1,500.

By John Kennedy

Pictured: just some of the photos from the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival uploaded to

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years