CONGRATULATIONS to Erika Alatorre, week 2 semifinalist winner of our #TodayIsPerfect photo contest!
Erika’s photo shows us that, to her, a “perfect day” is being outside and checking the waves (& the conditions are awesome).
She’s a 21 year old college student at University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), and loves the fact that her campus is just a few short minutes from the beach. Originally a West Coast native, Erika moved to the East Coast when she was 13. One of her biggest goals is to eventually move back to the West Coast, as she feels in her heart that California is where she belongs.
Although she hopes to make it back out to California one day, her winning photo actually represents her love for her current town of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. According to Erika, the scenery, beauty, water, the locals, surf competitions and water sports that the town supports makes the town PERFECT.
Her winning photo represents her love for the little gem she gets to call home, as well as the ocean and everything it offers. In Erika’s words, “my life revolves around the sun, sand and the sea…and that alone makes every day a perfect day for me.”
Another thing that stood out about Erika’s winning entry was the caption that accompanied her photo: a quote by Kent Nerburn that we feel truly encompasses the essence of “Today Is Perfect”:
“We are conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware — beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.”
A dedicated photographer, Erika’s main hobby is capturing her world through a camera lens. She tells us: “I’ve always been obsessed with cameras-photography and even videography to document trips and adventures, or even just friends at home who surf for hours when a good swell comes through, with clips I would manage to get. The process of putting everything together and editing is definitely a thrill! Which brings me to my next goal and aspiration of finding a career in some type of media field and/or marketing & advertising, so we’ll see! I also plan to travel the world so I can experience different cultures, try new foods, see new terrain, meet new people, and just live in the moment. As cliche as it might sound, I want to do my best to live my life to the fullest!”
As a semifinalist, Erika has won an O’Neill prize pack, and has her photo featured here on our blog AND O’Neill Women’s social media. She’ll have a 1 in 7 chance to win the grand prize of her ULTIMATE perfect day, valued at $5,000.
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