With so many photographs to choose from, we enlisted a little help in picking this year's prize-winning shots. The People's Choice category put 10 finalists up for popular vote – and the people have spoken, selecting one winner and three close runners-up.
In the Professional category we asked industry experts Thys Dullaart, Siphiwe Mhlambi and Thato Mogotsi to weigh in on technical skill, lighting, composition and originality. They've come to an agreement on one grand winner and two special mentions. The two category winners are different this year, but they do have one runner-up in common.
For the moment you've all been waiting for, meet our #JacarandaInYourPocket winners of 2023...
PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER: @IMAGES_OF_COLOUR
Prize: A stay at the world-class voco Hotel The Bank worth R4,000.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE FIRST RUNNER-UP: @CLAREAPPLEYARD
Prize: A night of luxury at @Sandton Hotel worth R2,500.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE SECOND RUNNER-UP AND PROFESSIONAL SPECIAL MENTION: @ANTBOSMAN
Prizes: One night's stay at Hallmark House Hotel worth R2,215 (People's Choice) and a R1,000 voucher for a Perrier-Jouët Champagne bar experience for two at 54 on Bath (Professional).
PEOPLE'S CHOICE THIRD RUNNER-UP: @DOPOROLEHLOHONOLO
Prize: An Art Deco escape at Fishbird Villa worth R1,980.
PROFESSIONAL WINNER: @SARAHWILSONSNAPS
Prize: Brunch for two people valued at R850 p.p. at Four Seasons Hotel The Westclif.
PROFESSIONAL SPECIAL MENTION: @JAMES_ATWELL_PHOTOGRAPHY
Prize: A meal and drinks at La Parada at The Firs, valued at R1,000.
VOTER LUCKY DRAW WINNERSAnd the lucky winners of our randomly selected voter draw are...
@_25nyandeni: A R750 gift voucher to spend on treasures at Kensington Trading.
@alexius68_lightning_photograph: A Marabi Club date night voucher valued at R595 per couple.
@althackeray: A 'Bottomless Brunch and Braam Rooftop Tour' at Loco for two valued at R500, sponsored by Play Braamfontein.
Maritha Pritchard: A R500 voucher for a meal at Arbour Café.
John Guest: A bottle of gin and a six-pack of coolers from Ginologist valued at R400.
Huge congratulations to our six winners on their outstanding achievement, and warm thanks to our partner Gautrain for making this year’s competition possible. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere