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Winners of the MAXQDA Photo Contest 2017 – the results are in!

The winning entries of the 2nd annual #PictureYourResearch MAXQDA Photo Contest have just been announced!

Thank you to all of the contestants who submitted photographs from all over the world. We were so impressed by your creativity and unique perspectives of fieldwork. It was fascinating to learn about you research projects and we are grateful that you chose to share your experiences with us!  

It was no easy task, but our panel selected the following photographs (in no particular order) to be the 2017 top winners: 

“Colors of Dawn in Mountainous Georgia” by Temur Gugushvili

Expedition research on the socioeconomic conditions in rural communities, which lead to labor migration.

Congratulations Temur! You have captured a moment in time that few people would have ever seen if not for this shot. You made us feel like we were right there with you and we are impressed with how well you portrayed the conditions that create push factors for urban migration in this community. We hope to see more of your projects with the Rural Sociologists Club Georgia in the future!

“Black Cowboys at Work” by Myeshia Babers

Research on the transmission of information about racialized masculinity in the US through black Western culture.

Congratulations Myeshia! Your photograph is not only dynamic and full of movement, but your research into racialized masculinity and black Western culture is fascinating. We applaud your critical examination of negative stereotypes and efforts to shed light on nuances in gender identities. Thank you for sharing your research photograph and analysis approach with us!

“Kids Polishing their Mountaineering Skills” by Asif Hussain

Research investigating the consequences of tourism on livelihood diversification strategies.

Congratulations Asif! This photograph made us stop and smile. The more you look at the faces of the children and their body language, the more you can feel the determination in their play. Your description of the Hushe community and its dependency on tourism is also a gripping tale of these children’s future. Most of us will never face not only those physical mountain peaks, let alone the livelihood choices awaiting them.

“Youth” by Kim van Kastel

Depiction of a young girl at an Islamic school where info sessions on aids prevention are organized.

Congratulations Kim! Your composition, subject matter, and skill with the camera are what impressed us the most. We would love to learn more about your anthropological research and the community outreach programs of health care clinics in Kampala. Thank you for sharing your picture with us and we can’t wait to watch your research and photography talents develop!

“FGD with Female Participants” by Danstan Mukono

Fieldwork on social livelihoods discourse, which takes account of power dynamics and setting during interviews.

Congratulations Danstan! Your depiction of research methods in action is what this contest is all about. We felt that this picture really tells a story about what fieldwork means to you. We have encountered the discussions around power dynamics between the researcher and interview participants before and are happy to hear that you took steps to address ethical considerations while working on your PhD. We are interested in hearing more about REDD+ and wish you all the best for your dissertation!

Thank you again for your submissions!  

The talented shutterbugs behind these five winning photographs will soon receive a professional print of their photo (large scale canvas or acrylic print) and a box of photo postcards displaying all 2017 winners.

If your picture is displayed above and you have not received an e-mail notifying you of your selection, please check your inbox or write to us at


Honorable Mentions 

“Polyamory” by Stefan F. Ossmann

Location: Augarten, Vienna, Austria, 2016

“I am writing a PhD on polyamory, to be more precise, on similarities and differences between self-perception and media representation of people in multiple emotional and sexual relationships in German-speaking countries.”

– Stefan F. Ossmann

Read more about this project.


“Cleaning Rabaa” by Jannis Grimm

Location: Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, Cairo, Egypt, 2015

“The photo depicts a garbage man who I talked to in September 2015, during my fieldwork in Cairo, Egypt. While talking to me, he was cleaning Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, in the neighborhood of Nasr City. Two years before this picture was taken, the army and security forces had orchestrated a massacre against demonstrators on this same square. It cost over 1000 people their lives and is remembered by Human Rights defenders as one of the largest mass killings of peaceful demonstrators in modern history. As my research deals with the dynamics of mobilization and repression in post-revolutionary Egypt, I was aware of the square\’s history. In fact, it had been the reason why I visited Midan Rabaa al-Adawiya. For the garbage man, however, the square was just a workplace like any other. Today little remains on the square to commemorate the violence of 2013. The square has been remodeled and stripped of its brutal history. The garbage man had barely ever heard of the massacres. His unfazed work on the square, for me, became a powerful image for the clean(s)ing of history from unwanted episodes in authoritarian contexts.”

– Jannis Grimm.

Read more about this project.


“Stillstand” (English: “Standstill”) by Matthias Wagner

Location: Peschiera del Garda, Italy, 2017

“As part of my Bachelor’s thesis, I examined the mobility of today and tomorrow in connection with Gamification and I find this old out-of-date vehicle matches the current change in our mobility.”

Original German: “Ich habe im Rahmen meiner Bachelorarbeit die Mobilität von heute und der Zukunft im Zusammenhang mit Gamification untersucht und finde dieses alte heruntergekommen Fahrzeug passend zur aktuellen Veränderung unserer Mobilität.”

– Matthias Wagner


“Field Experience – Android Data Collection” by Caleb Effiong

Location: Kuje Area Council, Abuja, Nigeria, 2016

“Technological innovation is imperative to improved research performance. A study on “Rational and Relevance of Front Line Health Workers on Maternal Newborn and Child Health Care” was being made more effective with the use of an Android device for data collection. This form of data collection eliminates completely the paper pen/pencil procedure and the data collected are forwarded to the server afterward.  The study on “Rational and Relevance of Front Line Health Workers on Maternal Newborn and Child Health Care” was centered on Front Line Health Workers (FLHWs) which consist of the Nurses, Midwives, Community Health Officers (CHOs), Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) and Junior Health Extension Workers (JCHEWs). The study was set to investigate the knowledge and performance of Front Line Health Workers (FLHWs) on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) care and determine the issues influencing their performance at sampled health facilities. Also, the instrument captured questions bothering on immunization, facility inventory, and mapping, mortality during childbirth, the health status of new-born and children under the age of five years old. The picture was taken while having an interview with a Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW) in the research area (Kuje Area Council) and responses were captured with an Android device.”

– Caleb Effiong


“Island Struggles” by Vincent Schubert Malbas

Location: Samal Island, Davao del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines, 2016

“Doctors cross oceans on a daily basis to see patients in an isolated hospital on a small island off the coast of war-torn Mindanao in the Philippines. In 2016, I went to the only government hospital in Samal Island to get a glimpse of the daily struggles of the hospital staff to provide the most basic service delivery. The surgeon, obstretician and anesthesiologist will be coming from the mainland and will have to transfer by boat or ferry. The problem is that ferries only have certain schedules and they don\’t cross the sea at night. Trauma surgeries and cesarian sections are therefore among the most challenging emergency cases in their hospital. Despite these daily struggles, the island maintains its idyllic vibe.”

– Vincent Schubert Malbas


You can also see further entries on our MAXQDA social media platforms (@VerbiSoftware @MAXQDA) and search using the hashtags #PictureYourResearch #MAXQDAPhotoContest2017.

If you didn’t find your picture above, please do not be discouraged. We greatly appreciate your participation and hope that you will submit another entry next year!


Last Year’s Winners:

Check out the 2016 #PictureYourResearch MAXQDA Photo Contest winners here: 

2016 Winners


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