Lola Gómez is a Daytona Beach, FL-based visual journalist. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela where she graduated from Universidad Santa María with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Gomez built a career working 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.
Gomez has been recently awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists and Florida Press Club for her 2016 work Living in the Shadows. Likewise, Gomez's My Heart Back Home series was awarded Silver in the Domestic Picture Story category in the 68th annual College Photographer of the Year contest. This series also won the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Homeward Bound photo and video contest in 2014. These and other outstanding work by Gomez are often exhibited at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach.
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.