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! šŸ˜‰

To view the final selected images, click here.


Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettosā€”a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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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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