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.
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.
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