Originally trained as a Civil Engineer, Maheder is a self-taught photographer and freelance writer born and based in Addis Ababa currently focused on telling contemporary stories intertwined with the past. 

Her inspiration of telling stories comes from a spark of ideas that has to do with memories, experience, history and identity of herself and of other people she engages with everyday.

Work Experience

She freelances for major news agencies like AFP and Reuters and her work was published on various sites including the guardian. In addition,  Maheder is also part of Women Photograph and her work has been published this year in a book Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.

She recently founded Center for Photography in Ethiopia (CPE), a learning and discussion platform for Ethiopian Photographers. 

She is a contributor for @everydayafrica on instagram. 


"Stories", (Egypt, 2017)

“Inspiring women”, Goethe Institute (Ethiopia, 2017)

 World Press Photo, (Zimbabwe,2017)

“Photojournalists in Conflict”, WPFD Celebration (Finland,2016),

“In Quest for”, Goethe-Institute (Ethiopia, 2016 & Uganda, 2017 )

“Intangible Cultural Heritages”, UN ECA Hall (Ethiopia, 2016)

Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia, 2016)

Tales on Ethiopia (Italy, 2016)


Ray Festival, (Frankfurt, Germany;2018)

World Press Photo,(Amsterdam, Netherlands;2018) 

Solo Exhibitions

Passerelles, (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; 2018) 

Inspiring Women, (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;2017) 

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