Photo by Marco Grob
Photo by Marco Grob


Born and raised in Ethiopia, Hilina Abebe is a self-taught documentary photographer who is influenced by her father’s black and white family photographs he made in the ’60s and ’70s. Her work focuses on long-form documentary and portraiture; exploring inequality, identity, history, and the significance of memory. She combines her background in Journalism and Social Work to discuss issues in her storytelling.

Hilina is an Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX Alum. In 2016, she participated in the New York Times Portfolio Review and the World Press Photo East Africa Masterclass. She is also a Joop Swart and PDN’s 30 nominee.

Her clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Getty Images, CNN, and Terra Mater Magazin.

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



Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX Nikon Award. 2016


PDN’s 30. New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. 2020

World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. 2020

World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent Program. 2018

PDN’s 30. 2017

World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. 2017


Black Art Matters. Contemporary Black Photography. 2020. Zurich. Switzerland

Photo Schweiz. 2020. Zurich. Switzerland

Kolkata International Photography Festival (KIPF). 2019. Kolkata. India

Photoville. 2018. New York. USA

Lumix Festival. 2018. Hanover. Germany

Nuku Photo Festival. 2018. Accra. Ghana

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