AMIGOS and United Airlines Announce 11th Annual Latin America Photo Contest Winner

Clubs and Organizations

December 21, 2015


Guanajuato, Mexico, woman takes prize-winning photo, 'Florencia y su cálido hogar,' in Peru

Houston, TX - United Airlines andAmigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) December 17, 2015 announced the winner of the 2015 Latin America Photo Contest. Maria Fernanda Antillón Medina, 26, of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, took the prize-winning photo entitled "Florencia y su cálido hogar" in Patacancha, Peru, in September. She will receive two round-trip coach travel certificates to a United destination of her choice in the United States or Central America.

Antillón, an architect whose passions also include adventure traveling and drawing, visited the rural community of Patacancha near Ollantaytambo, an Inca archaeological site close to The Sacred Valley of the Incas, where she met Florencia, pictured in the photo. Florencia invited Antillón and her friend into her home to show them her handmade textiles and offer them a meal and tea.

"The silence was so perfect and profound, the only thing I could hear was the water boiling and the clink of the pots," said Antillón. "The light was coming in through the window shining on Florencia's face, adding a touch of mysticism to the atmosphere, which is when I decided to take the photo."

"Maria Fernanda's photo captures the magical essence of Latin America," said Maria Cristina Osorio, United's director of communications - Latin America. "We congratulate her and the other photographers who participated in the AMIGOS Latin America photo contest. United is very pleased to support AMIGOS and to connect cultures throughout the Americas."

Antillón plans to use her United ticket to travel to national parks, where she hopes to find inspiration in nature that she can transfer to her architectural work.

Honorable mentions went to Johana Cortez-Hernandez, a 19-year-old student from East Palo Alto California attending Connecticut College, and Molly Miller-Petrie, a 28-year-old research analyst from Seattle, Washington. Cortez-Hernandez took her photo of a Mayan woman making tortillas in Yucatan, Mexico, last summer during her work as an AMIGOS Project Supervisor. Molly Miller-Petrie, an AMIGOS volunteer in 2006, took her photo of the Mombacho volcano in Caterina, Nicaragua, while visiting her host family in October 2015.

To view the winning photo and runners-up, visit http://amigosinternational.org/united-contest-winner/ and the AMIGOS Facebook page www.facebook.com/AmigosLink.

Photos submitted for the contest had to be original and taken in countries currently served by both United and AMIGOS: Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. A team of judges from the AMIGOS program and United selected the winners.

From its mainland U.S. hubs, United operates more than 1,000 nonstop flights a week to 63 cities in 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including service to 26 Mexican cities (more than any other airline from the U.S.), 10 cities in Central America, eight cities in South America, and 19 cities in the Caribbean.