Photo by Hector O. Torres

Photo by Hector O. Torres

Lola Gomez is a Daytona Beach, FL-based visual journalist. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela where she built a career working in business administration field for private and government entities in her homeland for more than a decade. In 2009, she moved to the US to pursue her true passion, a career in photojournalism. In 2013, she graduated with high honors from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach with an Associate of Photographic Technology.

Since then, Gomez has worked for a large metro daily, Orlando Sentinel, and currently is employed full-time with the Daytona Beach News-Journal, benefitting from both publications in sharpening her photojournalistic skills with daily news assignment features as well as breaking news; plus major sporting events like NASCAR's Daytona 500 and the NBA's Orlando Magic.

In addition to her full-time photo shooting responsibilities with the News-Journal, Gomez is gaining professional experience and furthering her education in video, all of which are the building blocks to fulfilling her life's course towards humanitarian- and social-photojournalism.