AMIGOS, United Airlines pick Latin America photo contest winner

United Airlines and Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) have announced the winner of the 2015 Latin America Photo Contest, the companies said.

Maria Fernanda Antillon Medina, 26, of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, took the prize-winning photo entitled “Florencia y su calido 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.

Antillon, 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 Antillon and her friend into her home to show them her handmade textiles and offer them a meal and tea.

Antillon 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 .

From its mainland US 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 US), 10 cities in Central America, eight cities in South America, and 19 cities in the Caribbean.

AMIGOS is an international non-profit organization with headquarters in Houston, Texas.