Capture a moment from your research journey.

Do you have a photogenic research topic or are you using MAXQDA in unusual places to transcribe, code, and analyze? Then we look forward to seeing your shots of great, exciting research projects in our annual MAXQDA Photo Contest. Also in the eighth year of our competition in 2023 we received a lot of great photos that remain in our memory for a long time. Once again, you have proven: Even beyond the purpose, qualitative research can be astonishingly beautiful.

The top 5 photos won a 1-year MAXQDA Analytics Pro license and a $100 cash prize.

The contest submission window was open from 25 October 2023 to 25 November 2023. Look forward to the next round at the end of 2024 – we can barely await it.

Please note: Obtain explicit permission from those pictured with each submission. Cultural sensitivity and respect for privacy are essential to this contest.

Previous winners

Eligibility requirements

  • Who is eligible to participate in the contest?
    • The MAXQDA Photo Competition is open to all regardless of age, gender or nationality.
    • Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.
    • The contest is not open to employees of VERBI GmbH or its subsidiaries or affiliates.
  • When can photos be handed in?
    • Photos for this year’s MAXQDA Photo Competition can be submitted 25 October 2023 till 25 November 2023.
  • How are the winners selected?
    • An internal MAXQDA jury will select the top 5 of all entrants. The selection is made in November 2023. The winners are contacted shortly after.
  • How do winners receive their awards?
    • The MAXQDA team will contact the winners directly to provide details about the 1-year MAXQDA Analytics Pro license. The budget is cashed out to the winners directly.
  • How is the entrants’ personal information handled?
    • The MAXQDA Photo contest is managed by VERBI GmbH. Users can participate in the contest through the MAXQDA website or the MAXQDA Instagram channel VERBI GmbH collects the following personal information:

      • First name

      • Last name

      • Instagram name (when participating in the contest through Instagram)

      • Email

      • Photo submitted

      • Background information on the photo submitted

    • VERBI GmbH uses the entrants’ contact details (first name, last name, Instagram name, email) to keep them updated on the MAXQDA Photo Contest, or to request feedback. The content generated by the entrants (photo submitted and background info on photo submitted) can be re-used, shared and edited (cropped, slight setting adjustments, etc.) in online and offline media.
    • If entrants would like to make use of your right of revocation or objection, it is sufficient to send an email to
    • By entering the contest entrants confirm to have full rights on the photo submitted and have asked permission form persons, locations, etc. in the photo submitted. VERBI GmbH cannot be hold accountable for any violation of personal rights related the content generated by the entrants (photo submitted and background info on photo submitted).
    • VERBI GmbH acknowledges that the contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.
    • More information is available in VERBI’s Website Privacy Statement.