After graduating with a Master of Social Anthropology and Political Sciences from the University of Cologne in 2011, Lena started photography whilst working in Colombia with different NGOs. Her work focuses on stories related to human rights, gender aspects and social changes within societies and ethnic groups that are mainly under-reported.
Lena studied photography and visual storytelling with different photographers and curators (David Alan Harvey, Patrick Zachmann, Silvia Omedes, Cristina de Middle, Max Pinckers and Samuel Aranda amongst others).
She works for clientes such as Doctors without Borders, the International Red Cross Committee ICRC and Peace Brigades International. Her work is published in international media like Washington Post, The Walll Street Journal, CNN, Spiegel, Spiegel Digital, UNI Spiegel, GEO, Stern, Nido Stern, El Pais, British Journal of Photography, BURN Magazine, LFI Leica Magazine, 6 mois, Huffington Post, Lensculture, Zenith, Neues Deutschland, Private Magazine - International Review of Photographs, emerge – German Magazine for photojournalism, UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund, CNRR - Colombian National Commission for Reconciliation and Reparation, WIEGO - Women in informal employment, IDWFED amongst others.
Fellowship for Reporting trip to Congo, IWMF - International Women Media Foundation
Selected for NOOR Masterclass, Berlin
Shortlisted at Felix Schöller Award Scholarship "PIC Förderpreis", Germany
VG Bild Kunst Grant, Germany
Nominated for the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award 2016
Scholarship for Magnum photographer David Alan Harveys workshop, New York
Scholarship for Magnum photographer Patricks Zachmanns workshop, Krakow, Poland
Honorable Mention at International Photography Award Moscow MIFA 2016
Selected for „20 fotógrafos: Mexico 2016“, Tutor for collaborative photography Workshop, Mexico
Reporters in the Field Scholarship, Robert Bosch Foundation
Honorable Mention at International Photography Award Moscow MIFA 2015
Honorable Mention at Photo Annual Awards 2015, Czech Republic
Nominated for Unicef Photo of the year 2015, Germany
Finalist at Athens Photo Festival, Greece
Finalist for Alex Masi Workshop, Poland
Finalist at Los trabajos y los días, International Documentary Photography Contest, Colombia
Selected for „20 fotógrafos: Amazonas 2015“, Tutor for collaborative photography workshop, Colombia
Selected for Experimento Bio 2015, Spain