Lola Gomez 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.
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.
- 2018 Best of GateHouse 2017. First place in Photographer of the Year
- 2018 Best of GateHouse 2017. First place in Videographer of the Year
- 2018 Florida Society of News Editors. First place in Features Video
- 2018 Florida Society of News Editors. Second place in Photo Story
- 2018 Sunshine State Award. Third place in Photography Story by Society of Professional Journalists for Stuck in Time
- 2017 Florida Press Club. First place in Photography Feature Photo Essay for Living in the Shadows
- 2017 Florida Press Club. Second place in Photography Sport Action
- 2017 Sunshine State Award. Second place in Diversity Award by Society of Professional Journalists for Living in the Shadows
- 2017 Monthly News Clip Contest. First place in Photo Story/Essay by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) for Meet Zoe Adams
- 2016 Best of GateHouse 2015. Second place in Photographer of the Year
- 2014 Winner of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Homeward Bound photo and video contest for My Heart Back Home
- 2013 Silver in Domestic Picture Story category in the 68th College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) for My Heart Back Home