Photo by Marco Grob
Photo by Marco Grob


Born and raised in Ethiopia, Hilina Abebe is a self-taught documentary photographer who was influenced by her father’s black and white family photographs he made with his Lubitel 2 back in the 60’s and 70’s. Hilina is drawn to documenting social issues which allowed her to become more conscious of her environment.

Her first personal project about a young single mother working as a shoe shiner was published on CNN in 2016. Some of her works have also been featured on NY Times Lens Blog.

Hilina is an Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX alum. In 2016, she was selected for the World Press Photo East Africa Masterclass and for the New York Times Portfolio Review. She is also a nominee for the 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass. Her work has been exhibited at Photoville, Dak’Art Biennale, as well as in Addis Ababa’s Addis PhotoFest.

She is part of Women Photograph, an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of female visual journalists.


2016 Eddie Adams Workshop Nikon Award


Photoville. 2016. New York. USA

World Press Freedom Day. 2016. Helsinki. Finland

Dak’Art Biennale. 2016. Dakar. Senegal

Photoville. 2015. New York. USA

Addis Foto Fest. 2014. Addis Ababa. Ethiopia