Unpacking the wonder of being alive, Melanie Schoeniger explores themes such as perception and interconnectedness and contemplates our place in the larger scheme of things. The German artist seeks to reveal the beauty and essence of nature as a means to create awe and uncover secrets behind all stardust. She perceives all her work as fundamentally being climate work contributing to a life-sustaining future.

Longlisted for Aesthetica Art Prize 2024, her work was awarded with Julia Margaret Cameron, Pollux and Chromatic first places, Tifa Silver, and more. It has been on view at Foto Nostrum Gallery, Barcelona in 2022 and is featured internationally in publications such as Fresh Eyes Talent Book, Lenscratch, All About Photo Magazine, A. Smith Gallery Editions, ArtDoc Magazine and the WWF Climate Challenge Compendium.

Selections from my CV

Exhibition & on Display

Fresh Eyes Talent 2023 Haute Photographie, Group Exhibition, Amsterdam
Foto Biennale 2022 FotoNostrum Gallery, Group Exhibition, Barcelona
Solo Exhibition at PEAM Showroom 2022, Starnberg, Germany
F-Stop Magazine 2024, Color, Online
A. Smith Gallery 2023
, Imagined, curated by Susan Burnstine, Online
A. Smith Gallery 2022,Botanicals, curated by Wendi Schneider, Online
Analog Forever Magazine 2023, Elemental, Online
Art Doc Photography Magazine 2023 + 2022
Alternative Process + Enigma of Life + Colors, Online Exhibitions
Float Magazine 2022, 
If it makes you happy, Online
Fraction Magazine 2022, 
Issue 157, Online
The Curator’s Salon 2021, Intrinsic Nature, Online

Awards & Recognition

Belfast Photo Festival 2024 Shortlisted
Aesthetica Art Prize 2024 Longlisted
Color Awards 2024 Nominee Fine Art
Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2023, 
Winner, Series Cell Phone
TIFA Awards 2022, 
Silver, Fine Art
 Critical Mass 2022 Top 200 Finalist
Chromatic Awards
 2022 +2021, Winner Environmental,
17th Pollux Awards 2022, Winner Cell phone
Numerous Honorable Mentions at awards such as:

IPA, ND, FAPA,  PX3, B&W Spider, Monochrome, Minimalist…

Publication & Press

Lenscratch 2023 photographers on photographers:

Sarah Knobel in Conversation with Melanie Schoeniger
Fresh Eyes Talent 2023 Book by GUP, 
Selected with To Paradise
All About Photo Magazine 2023, #35 COLORS
Art Doc Magazine, Enigma of life 03|2023 
Climate Creatives Challenge Compendium 2023:
Ecological Change| Shortlisted
Shots Magazine 2023,
 issue: my Muse
The Hand Magazine 2022/2023, published in issue 36, 39 + 42
Stop Ecocide International
 2022 Contribution to the curated Calendar
Anthotypes Emulsions 1 book 2022 by Alternative Photography.com

Humana Obscura Magazine 2022
, featured Cover Artist issue 04
Pearl Press Magazine 2022 Grayscale Issue: featured Cover Artist
A. Smith Gallery 2022, 
Botanical ’27, a Fine Art Limited Edition Book


Lenscratch.com European week 2024 March 4-8,
presenting Kacper Kowalski, Rogier Houwen, Steffen Diemer, Jaume Llorens and Sayuri Ichida


Cyanotype Basics + Toning, 2023 Workshop, Vienna
Creative Photography, 2022 Workshop, Vienna



The purpose of art
is the lifelong construction
of a state of wonder.