Nominations and Awards: 


2020 Critical Mass (Photolucida) Top 50 Photographer, USA


2020 Silver & Bronze Winner, 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, USA


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), USA 


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 Award (Deeper Perspective) & Tokyo International Foto Award (Essay)


2018 Honorable Mention: Monovisions Photography Awards, USA 


2018 Finalist Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, Germany



Group-Exhibitions & Talks: 


2021 Barcelona, Spain (upcoming)


2020 Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India (upcoming)


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 Talk at World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, Oldenburg, 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