HOUSTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) and Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) are proud to announce the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 Continental Latin America Photo Contest. Darien Clary of Austin, Texas, took the winning photo titled "Blue Crabs for Dinner" in the Dominican Republic where she is currently spending her summer doing fieldwork in public health.
Hundreds of photographers submitted their work, and more than 1,700 individuals voted in the contest. As the grand prize winner, Clary will receive two round-trip tickets to a Continental Airlines destination of her choice in Latin America.
Clary was an AMIGOS Volunteer in rural Oaxaca, Mexico in 1996. She credits her experience with the organization with setting the tone for her career in public health. "I saw first-hand the health issues that affected members of the community because they did not have access to preventive health care," she said. Her career has led her through 23 countries across the globe. She currently lives and works in the Dominican Republic, where she snapped the winning photo.
Clary plans to use the plane tickets to fly her parents to the Dominican Republic to visit her. "They have given me the freedom to pursue my interests that eventually led me to a career that I love. They have never been to the Dominican Republic, and I cannot wait to show them this part of my life!" she said. "Now I can finally give them the chance and thank them for all of their encouragement."
Sponsored by Continental and AMIGOS, the contest is intended to demonstrate the beauty and excitement of the six Latin American countries where both the airline and the nonprofit group have a presence. This is the fifth annual Latin America photo contest the organizations have sponsored together. AMIGOS is a non-profit organization, established in 1965, which empowers teenagers and young adults to develop leadership skills and increase multi-cultural awareness through training and community service in Latin America. For more information, visit www.amigoslink.org.
Continental Airlines, the world's fifth-largest airline, offers nonstop service to 70 destinations in 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Continental serves 29 Mexican destinations -- more than any other airline from the U.S. -- and has more flights from the U.S. to Mexico than any other airline. Continental also offers nonstop service to 10 cities in Central America, seven South American destinations and 24 destinations in the Caribbean. A pioneer in "Latinization," Continental offers a number of Spanish-language services, including bilingual flight attendants on many flights to Latin America; bilingual airport personnel, reservations agents and signage; and a Spanish-language Web site at www.continental.com/espanol. Passengers also may make reservations in Spanish at 1-800-537-9222. Continental Airlines has been named to Hispanic Magazine's list of "100 Best Companies for Hispanics" 10 times and in summer 2008 was named to Latin Business Magazine's Diversity Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.
SOURCE Amigos de las Americas