Nominations and Awards: 

 

2021 Shortlist 163rd edition of the Royal Photographic Societies’ International Photography Exhibition, UK

 

2021 Merit Award for "Irene and Günter", Third annual SAC’s Gallery & Stonehenge Gallery photo exhibit in Montgomery, Alabama, US

 

2021 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2nd place (Open Theme single), 3rd place (people single), Hon. Mention (2 x series), US

 

2021 Focus on the Story Portrait Awards, first runner-up and finalist, Washington D.C., US 

 

2021 Winner Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, US

 

2021 Portrait of Humanity/BJP 1854 Award Winner (single); UK

 

2021 Exposure Photography Festival International Open Call selected, CA

 

2021 Tokyo International Foto Awards, Gold in People/Portrait, Japan

 

2020 Silver, Bronze, Honorable Mention: BIFA, Budapest International Foto Awards, Hungary

 

2020 Jury Top 5 selected by Stephen Perloff, IPA International Photography Awards, US 

 

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

 

2020 Winner 3rd Place (amateur): Deeper Perspective/Deeper Perspective, Honorable Ment. (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 Third annual SAC’s Gallery & Stonehenge Gallery photo exhibit in Montgomery and at the International Art Center Troy University

         campus, Alabama, US 

 

2021 Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India (upcoming)

 

2021  The Budapest Diary Art Gallery What’s The Story? - Authenticity and Intimacy, Barcelona, Spain (upcoming)

 

2021 Belfast Photo Festival, Ireland 

 

2021 Photo 2021, Melbourne, Australia

 

2021 Exposure Photography Festival, Int. Open Call, Contemporary Calgary, Alberta, Ca

 

2021 SE Center Open, SE Center For Photography, South Carolina, US

 

2020 The Human Portrait Online Exhibition, Dallas Center for Photography, Texas, US

 

2020 Photo Place Gallery, Finding The LightMiddlebury, Vermont, US

 

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

 

2020 Praxis Gallery & Photographic Arts Center, Narratives, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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:

 

 

@guardian feature 19th May 2021, portrait-of-humanity-1854-media-in-pictures

 

feature shoot, Mai 2021, love-and-desire-among-elder-couples

 

Slate, France, 02/2021, All This Love http://www.slate.fr/grand-format/intimite-couples-personnes-agees-197930

 

British Journal of Photography, Anouncing the Winners of Portrait of Humanity 2021

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Monthly Photography South Korea 01/2021, All This Love, p.156f.

 

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

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

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faz/net/aktuell/wissen: Wellcome Photography Prize: Leid in starken Bildern von Sonja Kastilan https://www.faz.net/aktuell/wissen/leben-gene/wellcome-photography-prize-16903138.html

 

@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 3. London: Hoxton Mini Press, 2021

 

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