Meliksenay Debas
ETHIOPIA
Feeling privileged for doing what he loves, Meliksenay works as a full-time photographer and graphics designer, though he graduated from Addis Ababa University with a degree in Business Administration and Information System. After receiving training in photography, he has been honing his skills, gaining valuable hands-on experience in photography. Since 2012, his love for photography took him on a journey of telling stories of day-to-day lives in Addis Ababa through photography. Meliksenay was featured in the AFF 2016 and is the co-founder and creative director at a creative communications company.
Construction workers
While the tremendous job opportunity created by the ongoing construction boom in Ethiopia in general, and in the capital Addis Ababa is commendable, the attention afforded to safety at construction sites is troublesome. Construction workers often find themselves working in rather precarious conditions, hanging in skyscrapers with as a leap of faith. Unfortunately for the workers, safety is taken for granted across the industry. Meliksenay’s collection highlights the daily struggles of the workers getting by with minimal wages, barely enough to make ends meet.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.