AMIGOS and Continental Airlines Announce Latin America Photo Contest

Jun 02, 2009, 13:09 ET from Amigos de las Americas

HOUSTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) and Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) officials are proud to announce the Fifth Annual Continental Airlines Latin America Photo Contest. Photos will be accepted June 1-25 and online voting will be July 1-31 at the AMIGOS website,

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The winner will be announced in early August. The only submission requirement is that photos must be taken in countries served by both Continental and AMIGOS. Those countries are Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. Photographs may be submitted electronically at The winner will receive two coach-class Continental Airlines tickets to a Latin America destination where the airline flies. Last year's winning photograph, submitted by Emily Bloch of Brookline, Massachusetts, was featured in the October 2008 edition of Continental Magazine, the in-flight magazine of the airline. The photo, titled "Arelis in Her Father's Hat," was taken in Nicaragua. More than 350 photographers submitted their work for the competition.

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. AMIGOS is a Houston-based international nonprofit organization that provides unparalleled leadership and community service opportunities for young people while contributing to the well-being of hundreds of communities throughout the Americas.

"Our summer 2009 projects begin in a few weeks, and more than 750 teenagers and young adults from throughout the U.S. will volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay. They will work collaboratively with local youth, communities and partner agencies on a wide range of health, education and environmental protection programs," said Emily Untermeyer, President of AMIGOS. For more information, visit

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 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