Publication News: New York Times Magazine

For those who follow my Facebook page, you already know about this, but I couldn’t not post about it on my blog, you know!

A couple of months ago, I entered a “Cultural pilgrimage” readers’ photo contest run by the New York Times Magazine. We were to submit an image and write a caption/story to go with it. The final selection of photos would be published online to coincide with their “Voyages” February issue and some would be in print as well. When I read about the call, I knew I had to enter. Culture is my thing and what I love to experience when I’m overseas. The first thought that came to mind was to submit an image from the annual junkanoo dance contest I went to in Dangriga (Belize), last December.

I’m happy to share that my image was selected and published – as one of 186 final photos, from among the thousands of photos submitted. I’m so thrilled and honored to see my work printed in the New York Times and to know that the editors themselves picked my work out. So yes, I get lifetime bragging rights now. I’m a NYT-published photographer, look out world! 😉

To view the final selected images, click here.


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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller.
Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. lorraine 5 May, 2012 at 8:18 AM #

    My Sista! You rock! Brag on girl, you deserve it! This is HUGE! Stay blessed. See you on da road;)

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 6 May, 2012 at 10:43 AM #

    Thank you so much, Lolly!

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