Maheder Haileselassie (b. 1990) is a self taught Ethiopian photographer/visual artist born and based in Addis Ababa. 

This year, she has won CAP Prize 2023 and has been shortlisted for Grand Prix Images Vevey 2023/24 and Phmuesum grant.

Maheder’s works have been exhibited at numerous venues, museums and festivals around the world and she has been accepted to outstanding programs such as World Press Photo Masterclass and New York Times Portfolio review.

Moreover, she had collaborated with institutions such as Frobenius InstituteEiABC and Goethe Institut on projects that look into the intersection between photography, history, anthropology and architecture.

Maheder welcomes 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.

She has years of experience working with numerous international NGOs, cultural centers and news outlets such as AFPReutersGetty Images and Mongabay to report on social, political and environmental issues, primarily in East Africa.

Maheder is also a contributor for the internationally-acclaimed group Instagram feed, @everydayafrica and runs Center for Photography in Ethiopia, a critical learning platform for emerging photographers. 



Maheder has vast experience working with non-profit organizations documenting various activities. Her client list includes but not limited to IRC, Save the Children, 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...


Lagos Photo Festival, Fellowship within the uncanny, 2023

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


CAP Prize 2023 - The Contemporary African Photography Prize

EAPA - East African Photography Awards, 2nd place. 


Prince Claus Mobility Fund, 2019

Freelancers in the Residence program for writers - Mongabay, 2019 

Creative Futures, European Union through the Goethe Institut, 2017Curation

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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