THREE Latin Americans, who choose Invercargill as home, are representing Southland at a national awards event.
Colombians Adriana Rincon Carolina Ortiz were nominated to New Zealand Latin Awards with their variety radio programme Frecuencia Latinaland.
Mexican Rodrigo Revilla was a finalist in the arts and culture/visual arts category with his 3-D animated short film Share it.
“The theme of the story is about friendship and how sharing is funnier than being alone.”
He has also won an award for his film at the Southern Institute of Technology for Outstanding Animation, sponsored by Weta Digital.
The Latin event will be held in Christchurch this weekend, with 80 finalists from throughout the country.
“The voting finishes today (Thursday) so Southlanders still have time. We would love to get all the support we can from Southlanders to win this prize and bring it home,” Ms Rincon said.
She said they were honoured to be recognised by the work being done in Southland’s Latin American community.
“We are the only finalists from Southland and we will be proudly representing the region.”
Mr Revilla hoped their nomination would inspire other Latin residents.
“We want to encourage more Latinos to keep working to pursue their dreams.”