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

She works with news outlets including AFP, Reuters, 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.

Gallery Exhibitions

"Black Magic Women",  (Italy, 2019) 

"Stories", (Egypt, 2017)

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

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

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

Tales on Ethiopia (Italy, 2016)


DW Global Media Forum 2019, (Bonn, Germany;2019)

Ray Festival, (Frankfurt, Germany;2018)

World Press Photo,(Amsterdam, Netherlands;2018) 

Festival exhibitions

Jakarta International Photo Festival , Indonesia, June 2019

Image Festival Amman, (Jordan, 2017 ) 

Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia, 2016)

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

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