Picture your research – MAXQDA Photo Contest

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s photo challenge

Last July you were able to submit photos from your life as a researcher to take part in MAXQDA’s photo contest. Working on a research project brings you places you might not have discovered otherwise. You are looking at the world while asking questions about places, situations, art, relationships, and other details of life and society others don’t spend as much time thinking about.

Thank you for all of the photos that reached us last month. We were once again reminded of the wide scope of qualitative research and it was lovely to get a glimpse into so many different research projects. It was a difficult task to choose five winning photos. Each winner will receive a professional print of their photo (canvas or acrylic glass print) to hang in their home. They will also receive a box of postcards with all the winning photos of this contest. If your picture is displayed below and you have not received an e-mail with your winning notification, check your inbox or write to us at communications@maxqda.com!

Enter the 2018 Contest

Picture your Research – These are the top five entries

Here are the winning photos from the MAXQDA photo contest 2016 (in random order).

MAXQDA photo contest - Picture by Mario Zarza

Cocinar ¿Quién reproducirá esta labor? – Mario Fernández Zarza

Location: Salazar, Lerma, estado de México, México

“My research project is related with located food products as the “chorizo of Toluca valleys”. This picture shows an ancient woman who has just prepared a traditional food from Mexico called “sope”. This food contained “chorizo” as a principal ingredient. The relevant of this photo that not only takes part with the use of the traditional product, but also for the importance of women role in the family economy.

Nowadays, cooking in home was being devalued in new generation. We don´t know who will take the culinary role in household. The cooking skills and knowledge have started to be forgotten, if this happened it could produce a social, cultural and health impact.”

– Mario Fernández Zarza

For more information please visit TECUDE. Territorio, Cultura y Desarrollo

MAXQDA photo contest - Picture by Chiamaka Uzomba

The Interviewer Interviewee Relationship – Chiamaka Uzomba

Location: Kuwyizhi community, Kuje LGA, Federal Capital Territory

“Project title: Rationale and Relevance of Existing Cadres of Frontline Health Workers, and Potential for New Mid-level Cadres. This photo was taken during the pilot study for a research which seeks to investigate the knowledge and performance of Frontline Health Workers (FLHWs) on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) delivery care and ascertain factors influencing performance at selected rural Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities in Bauchi and Cross River states in Nigeria. The photo was taken in Kuwyizhi community of Kuje Local Government Area (LGA), Federal Capital Territory and depicts the interviewer administering a household survey to a member of the community.

The cross-sectional study being piloted will employ mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) of data collection. Data for the study will be garnered through Facility Mapping and Inventory Survey, Frontline Staff Knowledge and Performance Survey, Client Exit Survey, Household Survey and Key Informant Interview for stakeholders. The study will add value by generating timely evidence on MNCH role performance of different cadres of FLHWs as a starting point to measure policy impact, guide decisions for improvement and suggest the potential place for a new mid-level cadre in the PHC personnel structure/framework in Nigeria. During the study field work, the household survey will be administered to heads of households in selected communities to obtain information on the perceptions on FLHWs performance, facilitating and hindering factors to accessing services, current health status of women, new-born and children, illness and deaths (verbal autopsy) in the study locations. In the case of a reported death, the cause of death will also be recorded.

For the purpose of this study, Frontline Health Workers [FLHWs] are Nurses, Midwives, Community Health Officers (CHOs), Community Health Extension Workers (CHEWs) and Junior Health Extension Workers (JCHEWs). These cadres of health care workers are the personnel found in rural PHC facilities.”

– Chiamaka Uzomba

MAXQDA photo contest - Picture by Jared Ragland

Michael in the front yard – Jared Ragland

Location: Marshall Country, Alabama

“The photograph is part of an ongoing photo-ethnography of methamphetamine users and their families in Marshall County, Alabama, conducted in collaboration by Jared Ragland, MFA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Heith Copes, Ph.D, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The recent rise in the use of methamphetamine across the United States has led to an increased cultural anxiety about the drug and those who consume it. The general perception of the meth-head is one perpetuated by popular television programs and pervasive anti-meth campaigns which paint one-dimensional, demonized characters that are irreparably damaged. This public narrative casts meth users as primarily poor Whites living violent, chaotic lives in rural areas, their chronic meth use epitomized by obsessiveness and paranoia, excessive weight loss, decaying teeth, and open sores. While there are certainly deleterious effects of meth use and the stereotypes often ring too true, existing narratives fall short of more complex, and contradictory, realities.

This project, titled GOOD BAD PEOPLE, aims to provide a considered, contextualized portrait of those who live in rural poverty and struggle with addiction to methamphetamine. Using traditional ethnographic methods (interviews, observation) and photographs (traditional documentary and portrait photographs, alongside images from family albums, social media pages, and texts) of more than 50 participants from Marshall County, Alabama, GOOD BAD PEOPLE documents how meth users construct personal narratives, social identities, and symbolic boundaries to gain a sense of agency amidst diminished social status and tumultuous familial and romantic relationships.”

– Jared Ragland

For more information please visit Good Bad People

MAXQDA photo contest - Picture by ASM Shahabuddin

Protect my happiness against child marriage – ASM Shahabuddin

Location: Banke, Nepal

“This photo was taken while I was doing my PhD research on adolescent pregnancy in Nepal and Bangladesh. “

– ASM Shahabuddin

MAXQDA photo contest - Picture by Rebecca Lichter

Verzettelt [Frittered away]- Rebecca Lichau

Location: Hamburg, Germany

[translated from German] “Before I knew about coding interviews with MAXQDA I used to print them all out, taped the pages to each other and tediously coded them by hand. I later learned about QDA software during my bachelor thesis (construction of SuSi Deep. A questionnaire measuring subjective sense of depressive episodes, finished July 2016).

I used this photo to illustrate my work in my research colloquium. It means a lot to me, because it reminds me that my knowledge grows every day – and this thought comforts and pushes me at the same time. Thank you!”

– Rebecca Lichau

The project is related to the book Sinnsuche und Genesung.