Nominations and Awards: 



2020 Director’s Choice Award: Int. Open Call: "Narratives", Praxis Gallery & Photographic Arts Center, Minneapolis, US


2020 Winner 3rd Place (non-professional): Deeper Perspective/Deeper P., Honorable Mention (2x), IPA Int. Photography Awards 


2020 Crowd-Vote-Winner, Oxford Photo Festival International Open Call, UK


2020 Top 50 Photographer, Critical Mass (Photolucida), US


2020 Silver & Bronze Winner (2x), Honorable Mention Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), France


2020 Winner (single) Portrait of Humanity BJP/ 1854, UK


2020 Shortlist Wellcome Photography Prize, UK


2020 Finalist All About Photo Awards - The Mind’s Eye, US


2020 Honorable Mention Moscow International Photo Awards: Editorial-Photo Essay, Russia


2020 Semi-finalist Head On Portrait Award, Australia


2020 Nominee Fine Art Photography Awards: People (Amateur), US 


2020 Finalist Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, Germany


2019 "Remarkable Artwork" (storyboard) Siena International Photo Awards, Italy


2019 Shortlist Out from the Mist/Photographic Representations of Mental Health, Australia


2019 Nominee Felix Schoeller Photo Award: (Best Work by an Emerging Photographer Category), Germany  


2019 Finalist Hahnemühle’s International Student Photo Competition, Germany  


2019 Bronze Moscow International Photo Awards: Editorial-Photo Essay, Russia


2019 Finalist Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, Germany


2018 Silver Winner (Portfolio-Personal), Tokyo International Foto Awards, Japan


2018 Finalist VGH-Fotopreis, Hannover, Germany


2018 Finalist: Student Award of the Festival of Ethical Photography (World Report Award), Italy 


2018 Honorable Mentions: IPA International Photography Awards (Deeper Perspective) & Tokyo Int. Foto Awards (Essay)


2018 Honorable Mention: Monovisions Photography Awards, USA 


2018 Finalist Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, Germany





2021 Exposure International Photo Festival, Contemporary Calgary Art Gallery, Canada (upcoming)


2021 Barcelona, Spain (upcoming)


2020 Don’t Take Pictures: A Show of Hands, Int. Juried online exhibition


2020 Praxis Gallery & Photographic Arts Center, Narratives, Minneapolis, US


2020 Indian Photo Festival, Venue - State Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India 


2020 Oxford Photo Festival, Ovada Gallery, UK


2020 Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest, Hungary


2020 Technisches Museum Dresden, Germany


2019/20 Museumsquartier Osnabrück, Germany


2019 ABC Building Brisbane, Australia


2019 Pumpenhaus Dresden, Germany


2019 GAF Galerie für Fotografie, Hanover, Germany


2018 Festspielhaus Hellerau/Dresden, Germany


2014 Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany





The Simple Press, In Conversation With: Mirja Maria Thiel, 2020


British Journal of Photography, Anouncing the Winners of Portrait of Humanity 2020


faz/net/aktuell/wissen: Wellcome Photography Prize: Unsichtbares Leid in starken Bildern von Sonja Kastilan


@guardian feature from shortlist @wellcomephotoprize 2020


Lensculture Portrait Awards 2020 Competition Gallery


@guardian feature from shortlist @portrait_of_humanity 2020


Lenscratch Fine Art Photography Daily: The 2020 Self-Quarantining Exhibition 


feature shoot - weekly newsletter/reader submissions spotlight and @featureshoot (February 2020)


©donttakepictures: Photo of the Day, 13th January 2020  


Lenscratch Fine Art Photography Daily: The Your Favorite Photograph of 2019 Exhibition


Fine Art Printer e-magazine 01/2020: Special: Finalists Hahnemühle Student Photo Competition 


Lenscratch Fine Art Photography Daily: The 2019 Family Exhibition


PH Museum, February/April 2019 (Educational program)





Portrait of Humanity, Vol 2. London: Hoxton Mini Press, 2020


AAP Magazine "Special Edition All About Photo Awards 2020"


Portraits Catalogue - Hellerau Photography Award 2020 


Portraits Catalogue - Hellerau Photography Award 2019


PhotoNews, Portfolio, 02/2019


Portraits Catalogue - Hellerau Photography Award 2018


Weserkurier Bremen, photo-reportages, 2017/18 





2019 Talk at World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, Oldenburg, Germany