Hi, I'm Maheder.

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 rural/urban challenges and potentials that involve youth, health, agriculture or technology.

I have years of experience working with numerous international NGOs, cultural centers and news outlets such as AFP, Reuters, Getty Images and Mongabay to report on social, political and environmental issues, primarily in East Africa.

Moreover, I've collaborated with institutions such as Frobenius Institute, EiABC and Goethe Institut on projects that look into the intersection between photography, history, anthropology and architecture

A little bit more about me - I'm also a contributor for the internationally-acclaimed group Instagram feed, @everydayafrica and have also been accepted to programs such as World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa 2018 and The New York Times Portfolio Review 2019. 



I have a vast experience working with non-profit organizations documenting various activities. My client list includes but not limited to WomanKind Worldwide, Plan International, Tree Aid, Farm Africa, Action Aid, WHO Africa, NABU, Amnesty International, Fair Trade Africa, HCP, Barefoot Initiative, All We Can, Gavi, etc...


OZANGÉ, the Spanish Biennial of African Photography. Spain, 2023

More than a number. Ffotogallery. UK,2021

Latitudes Online Art Fair, 2020 

1-54 art fair London, The Photographic Collective. UK, 2020

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


2nd Place. East African Photography Awards. 


Prince Claus Mobility Fund, 2019

Freelancers in the Residence program for writers - Mongabay, 2019 

Creative Futures, European Union through the Goethe Institut, 2017

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