December 2021



Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, UK



"Irene and Günter" (All This Love)


has been selected from a worldwide open call with over 8000 submitted images

to be part of

the International Photography Exhibition 163.


I am very happy to be one of only 57 photographers who have been invited to exhibit!



"[T]he IPE 163 is a powerful exhibition that demonstrates the breadth of contemporary image-making and storytelling today. It explores themes of identity, cultural heritage, global societal issues, gender politics, mental health, the natural world, and the human condition.


The selected work pays particular attention to the personal impacts of the pandemic, capturing hardship, grief, resilience, and hope." 






 Women and Photography


- Ways of Seeing and Being Seen -


Photo Oxford Festival

15 October - 15 November 2021






September 2021


ARTDOC Online Photography Magazine

selected images of


Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man


for their exhibition


July 2021


 I am delighted to say that I received a grant from the German Stiftung Kulturwerk (VG Bildkunst) for an

"Open development project" (BG II: photography/illustration/design).


Thank you!




What a pleasure to be shortlisted

for this year’s @royalphotographicsociety International Photography Exhibition 163

along with so many artists whose work I admire!


My heartfelt thanks go to the judges and to everyone at the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol (UK),

one of the world’s oldest photographic societies founded in 1853. 





Happy to be awarded a Merit Award in the color category at the


Third annual SAC’s Gallery & Stonehenge Gallery 2021 photo exhibit in Montgomery, Alabama.




Sarah Kennel

Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA



This exhibit will also go the International Art Center on the Troy University campus in Alabama





Feature in the Guardian from 19th May 2021

of shortlisted and winning images of Portrait of Humanity Award




May 2021


16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award

 for Women Photographers


 3245 entries from 49 countries were juried by 

Barbara Davidson (story-teller, three-time Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award-winning photographer, Guggenheim Fellow recipient) and

Elisabeth Biondi (independent curator, writer, teacher, a former editor at New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Stern) 




The series All This Love and the series Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man 

received Honorable Mentions in the "Open Theme" and "Documentary & Reportrage" categories

in the 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award.



Interview on my series All This Love beautifully written by journalist Sara Rosen:







 Photo 2021, the Australian International Festival of Photography in Melbourne,

displays the winning images of this year’s Portrait of Humanity Award/BJP 1854

all in the streets around Melbourne as part of their public outdoor exhibition.

Happy to see "Lilly and Waltraud" from my series All This Love among the

intense images of the other winners.


This is a great way to have work displayed - not only in times of a pandemic!



Article on Slate/France

about my All This Love series

by independent French journalist

Fanny Arlandis

"Irene and Günter" was chosen as the first runner-up, "Nila and Engelbert" as a finalist for the Focus on the Story Portrait Awards 2021! Both images are part of my series All This Love.


Focus on the story is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to support and encourage visual storytellers of diverse backgrounds in bringing attention to critical issues, bridging cultural gaps, and sparking social change.


The Focus on the story international Photo Festival takes place in Washington, D.C. In 2021, most of its programming will move online. 




Irene and Günter (All This Love), first-runner-up

Nila and Engelbert (All This Love), Finalist

"Congratulations, you are one of the 13 winners of the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards!!

We are really thrilled that we will be able to show your work

as part of our London poster exhibition which will be viewed by thousands!"

(email Alison Zavos, Founder Feature Shoot/The Print Swap, February 19, 2021)




"Lilly and Waltraud" from my series All This Love

has been selected as one of the single image winners of

Portrait of Humanity/BJP 1854 Award 2021!



© Louie Villanueva, Exposure Billboard Exhibition in Calgary, CA featuring "Lilly and Waltraud" from All This Love





2021 Tokyo International Foto Awards

My series All This Love wins Gold in the People/Portrait category!



Contemporary Calgary, February 4 - February 28

"Exposure’s curated exhibitions, the International Open Call and Emerging Photographers Showcase, will be hosted at Contemporary Calgary, a significant visual arts destination dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The exhibitions present a broad range of works, including photojournalism and photocollage, abstract and politically engaged photography, and works that embrace social and individual experience, as well as visual explorations of identity and personal narratives.


The Exposure 2021 International Open Call exhibition will feature the work of photographers and visual artists based around the world who incorporate, celebrate or challenge the photographic medium within their practices. Selected by MaryAnn Camilleri, Director of The Magenta Foundation, the exhibition will present the works of contemporary photographers based in Canada, USA, UK, Italy, South Korea, Netherlands, Germany and Argentina."


Exposure Billboard will show the work of 31 international and local artists and photographers via digital billboards located throughout the city. Photographs will be hosted in six different locations for a three-week duration [February 1 - February 21]. Exposure continues to provide innovative ways for Calgarians to engage with the arts." (Quoted from the Exposure 21 Press Pack)


"Lilly and Waltraud" (2020) is exhibited at Contemporary Calgary, the former Centennial Planetarium. The exhibition opens as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, you can find their image displayed via digital billboards throughout the city of Calgary. The series All This Love can be seen here: Online International Open Call Exhibition.

The virtuel exhibition tour of the Exposure Exhibitions at Contemporary Calgary can be seen here:


All images by © Louie Villanueva 

SE Center Open 

Juror Doug Beasley


SE Center For Photography, South Carolina, US

January 2021 





Irene and Günter (All This Love)

Monthly Photography from South Koreathe oldest photography magazine there established in 1966, featured some images of All This Love in its January 2021 issue exploring the theme of "love". The aim of this edition is "to melt the frozen heart of those who live in the Covid-19-period" (Yihyun Park, editor Monthly Photography)