Photojournalist, Lola Gomez
Lola Gómez is a Daytona Beach based photojournalist. She was born and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela where she graduated from Universidad Santa María with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She built a career on this profession working for private and government entities in Venezuela for more than 10 years. In 2009, she moved to the United States to pursue a career in photojournalism, her true passion. In 2013, she graduated with high honors from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, FL with an Associate of Photographic Technology.
Since then, she has worked for publications and companies such as the Orlando Sentinel, Universal Studios Orlando, and for The Daytona Beach News-Journal where she strengthened her photojournalistic skills covering local news, including major sport events as Daytona 500 and NBA games.
Her series My Heart Back Home awarded Silver in Domestic Picture Story category in the 68th College Photographer of the Year (CPOY). This series also won the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Homeward Bound photo and video contest in 2014, and her work has been exhibited at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, FL.
Her style captures humanity with elements of intimacy, and the goal to capture images with new perspective. Her creative process is based on her urge to know the stories behind the obvious.
Currently, she is completing her Associate of Arts to pursue a Bachelor degree in Journalism at the University of Central Florida (UCF); and more importantly, she is leading her career towards humanitarian and social photojournalism with the intention of making her work has a positive impact on society. "The world needs to see what happens around them, people in need is not far from us. It's not only who is in severe poverty in a far away country, it can be someone who is your next door neighbor and is suffering from domestic abuse." she says.