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.
2018 Best of GateHouse 2017. First place in Photographer of the Year
2018 Best of GateHouse 2017. First place in Videographer of the Year
2017 Florida Press Club. Second place in Photography Sport Action
2017 Monthly News Clip Contest (November). First place in Photo Story/Essay by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) for Stuck in Time
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