Maheder Haileselassie Tadese is an independent photographer and aspiring writer based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she was born and raised. 

She works with outlets including AFP, Reuters, Getty Images and Mongabay to report on social, political and environmental issues, primarily in East Africa. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions around the world since 2016.

She is a contributor for the internationally-acclaimed group Instagram feed, @everydayafrica and has also been accepted to programs such as World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa 2018 and The New York Times Portfolio Review 2019.

Maheder is a member of associations such as Women Photograph, Authority Collective, and African Photojournalism Database.


Image copyright : Yero Adugna Eticha

Hi there,

As an Ethiopian photographer, I welcome the opportunity to document women's issues, showcase or celebrate communities that are finding paths to self sufficiency, explore urban challenges and potentials, human rights and environmental issues. 

I'm available for both local and international travel assignments as well as potential employment opportunities. 

Use the form to inquire about rates and availability, or just to say hi.

Warm regards,


Home;Heimat;Baxxe. Museum  Bautzen. Germany, 2020

Kigali Photo Festival. Rwanda, 2019

Jakarta International Photo Festival. Indonesia, 2019

Shoa: A Geographical Passion. Ethiopia, 2019

Black Magic Women. Italy, 2019

Image Festival Amman. Jordan, 2017

Stories. Egypt, 2017

Inspiring women, Goethe Institute. Ethiopia, 2017

In Quest for. Uganda, 2017 

Intangible Cultural Heritages. UN ECA Hall. Ethiopia, 2016

Tales on Ethiopia. Italy, 2016

Addis Foto Fest. Ethiopia, 2016

Photojournalists in Conflict, World Press Freedom Day Celebration. Finland,2016


Baxxe ፤ Home - Present day and Archival Photographs from Gedeo, 21 November, 2019 - 31 January 2020, Goethe Institut Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Publications Edited

Baxxe ፤ Home - Present day and Archival Photographs from Gedeo - Nov 2019

Against Gravity- On recent photography in Ethiopia - May 2018


DW Global Media Forum. Germany, 2019

Ray Festival. Germany,2018

World Press Photo. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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