The winning photos from our 2024 #CosmosInYourPocket competition

24 Apr 2024
The pink and white cosmos blooms around Gauteng (and South Africa) are a hopeful beacon before crisp autumn days give way to the winter chill. This year, we ran our #CosmosInYourPocket photo competition for the second time, and we've loved seeing how you've captured these beauties.

The folks at Delta Central partnered with us for the 2024 edition; their location next to Delta Park – one of the best places to see Joburg's cosmos flowers – made them an easy choice. A R1,000 voucher to spend at Coalition pizzeria is for our second-place winner, while first prize is a night's stay for two at The Cliffside boutique getaway worth R4,000. 

We noted early in the season that the cosmos flowers were not as bountiful as previously so we extended the borders of our competition to the whole of South Africa. With competition entries now closed, discover the winning shots of 2024, chosen for their skill and technical composition. If you want more natural beauty, browse all #CosmosInYourPocket entries here – there are some lovely ones. 

First place: @geoffraikes

The winning #CosmosInYourPocket photo for 2024 made us do a double-take. Photo: @geoffraikes.

"Double the shot, double the joy" is how Geoff Raikes captioned his winning image of the cosmos at Delta Park. A seriously dreamy, double-exposure film photograph that shows these blooms up at their best. 

As the first-prize winner, Raikes wins a night's stay for two at The Cliffside boutique getaway worth R4,000. 

Second place: @andrew_cleland

Soft pink cosmos stand out against a gentle cityscape taken from the top of Langerman's kop in Kensington. Photo: @andrew_cleland.

Everything comes together to breathtaking effect in Andrew Cleland's second-place winning photograph for our #CosmosInYourPocket 2024 competition. We love the light through the delicate pink petals, with crisp cosmos flowers foregrounding the Joburg skyline. 

As runner-up, Cleland wins a R1,000 voucher to spend at Coalition pizzeria at Delta Central. 

Honourable mentions

Enjoy a few more of the stand-out shots from our 2024 #CosmosInYourPocket competition below. 
A wonderfully original take on #CosmosInYourPocket. Photo: @the.sher.khan.
A quirky cosmos composition with poplar trees, captured in Clarens. Photo: @clareappleyard.
Brilliant blooms and big smiles ft. Phumelele Masebe. Photo: @smashfilmzsa.
The sweetest Captain Gus with the cosmos at Delta Park. Photo: @captaingus_theweimaraner.
Frolicking in the flowers. Photo: @girlinbluejeanz.
Enjoying Delta Park's magical cosmos display. Photo: @nafraparis.

Congratulations to our two prize winners, and thank you to everyone who took part in this year's competition. See you at the start of next autumn for another round! 

If you've yet to get out there and see the cosmos in bloom, swing by Delta Park and use our visitor's guide to the vibrant Delta Central complex to make a day of it. Or, use our guide for where to see the cosmos in Gauteng if you feel like exploring further afield.


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