Pau Villanueva


Pau Villanueva (He/Him) is a queer Filipino photographer whose works are an exploration of the human condition -- the discovery of self, of others, of the mountains of differences in between, and the empathy through which we cross them. He is a National Geographic Explorer currently working on a visual documentary that explores the intersectionality of gender and cultural identities among indigenous communities that have suffered from displacement, loss of ancestral land, and conflict in Mindanao. He is a mentee of the 2021 Women Photograph Mentorship Class, a grantee of the National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Capturing Human Rights Fellowship Program, a participant at the 15th Angkor Photo Workshop, and a fellow of the KAS Media Programme Asia. His recent works can be seen on National Geographic, VICE News, CNN Philippines, Rappler, and Tatler Asia. He is currently commissioned by UNICEF Philippines and other local nonprofit organizations. He is a member of Diversify Photo, Authority Collective, PCP, and NUJP. He is an alumni of the Visual Journalism program at the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

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