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

 

 

Group-Exhibitions: 

 

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

 

 

Articles/Features:

 

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)

 

 

Published:

 

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 

 

 

Talks:

 

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