2021 Merit Award for "Irene and Günter part II", 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)


2021 Focus on the Story Portrait Awards, first runner-up (Irene and Günter part II) and finalist, Washington D.C., US 


2021 Winner Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards, US


2021 Portrait of Humanity/BJP 1854 Award Winner (single, Lilly and Waltraud part II); 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 (Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man), Critical Mass (Photolucida), US


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


2020 Winner (single, Irene and Günter part II)) 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





2023 World Alzheimer's Day, Farewell Sonata, Multigenerational House in Bremen-Blumenthal, Germany


2023 Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man, Oxfordshire County Library, Westgate,  PHOTO OXFORD Festival, Oxford, UK


2023 Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man, John Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford University Hospitals), UK 





2023 November: Contre Salon des Vieilles et des Vieux, Halles des Blancs Manteaux, Paris


2023 Chelsea International Photography Competition, Agora Gallery, New York


2022 Trieste Photo Days "Wow: Worlds of Women", Italy


2022 Decode Gallery, "Storyteller-Exhibition", Tucson, Arizona, US


2022 Royal Photographic Societies’ International Photography Exhibition 163rd edition, UK


2021 Photo Oxford Festival, Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man, Online Exhibition, UK


2021 Third annual SAC’s Gallery & Stonehenge Gallery photo exhibit in Montgomery, Alabama, US


2021 the International Art Center Troy University campus, Alabama, US 


2021 Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India


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


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 Light, Middlebury, 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






European Journal of Life Writing, University of Groningen Press, 2022: Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man,


FotoNostrum Magazine, issue October 2021, Barcelona, Spain, 126-140.


Artdoc Online Magazine, Exhibition Documentary Stories, September 2021 documentary-stories


@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


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



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


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: 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)





"All This Love" in Love Story: New Photography of Love and Intimicy, Hoxton Mini Press, 2023


Annual Report Petits Frères des Pauvres (NGO), 2022


GEO Wissen, 02/2022


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 





2023 PHOTO OXFORD Festival, Oxford, UK


2019 Matinee World Press Photo Exhibition 2018, Oldenburg, Germany





2021 "Open development project" (BG II: photography/illustration/design),  Stiftung Kulturwerk (VG Bildkunst) for Ode to the Spirits (unpublished), Germany