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 in the 60’s and 70’s. She focuses on long-form documentary and portraiture to document social issues in her environment. She graduated in Journalism and Communications from Bahir Dar University and recently pursued a post graduate in Social Work from Addis Ababa University. Hilina combines the two to explore issues in her story telling.

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 recently published on the inaugural issue of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.

Hilina is an Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX Alum. In 2016, she was selected for the New York Times Portfolio Review and the World Press Photo East Africa Masterclass. She is also a nominee for the 2017 Joop Swart Masterclass.

She lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she wishes to continue documenting.


2016 Eddie Adams Workshop Nikon Award


African Lens. 2018. Accra. Ghana

Festival Pil’Ours. 2017. Saint Gilles. France

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