Vote for your favourite jacaranda photo – JacarandaInYourPocket 2023 People’s Choice

09 Nov 2023
Entries are closed for the 2023 #JacarandaInYourPocket photo competition and now the fun begins: it's time for you to help us choose this year's winner and runner-up in the People's Choice category. This is the competition's sixth year running, with almost 650 entries submitted on Instagram. By popular demand, the judging is split into two categories: Professional (judged by industry experts) and People's Choice (shortlisted by the Johannesburg In Your Pocket team, and judged by you). 
Blooming beautiful: this year's 10 #JacarandaInYourPocket finalists are up for public vote.
Blooming beautiful: It's time for you to choose the winner out of this year's 10 #JacarandaInYourPocket finalists.

Vote for your favourite jacaranda photo and you could win a R750 gift voucher to spend on treasures at Kensington Trading

Each year we run the #JacarandaInYourPocket photo competition alongside our annual jacaranda experiences, and 2023 was no different. We hosted four fabulous photowalks and three other curated events, exploring Joburg and Pretoria in peak bloom. The photographs of the top 10 finalists embody this beauty, a sense of pride in where we live, and an adventurous spirit. The vision is there; now we put them up for you to choose the winner.



Click here to see this year’s People’s Choice finalists and vote for your favourite

In the Professional category, career photographers Thys Dullaart and Siphiwe Mhlambi, and art curator Thato Mogotsi are selecting the winner and runners-up based on strict criteria including composition, lighting, technical skill, and originality in approaching the jacaranda theme. All the winners will be announced in our weekly newsletter on Thu, Nov 16. Sign up here.

There are fantastic prizes up for grabs in both the People's Choice and Professional categories, and as a voter you stand to win too! 
The 2022 #JacarandaInYourPocket winning image. Photo:
Dramatic light and shadow play in the 2022 #JacarandaInYourPocket winning image. Photo: Brett David @bretto_07.


Winner's prize: A stay at the world-class voco Hotel The Bank worth R4,000.
First runner-up prize: A night of luxury at @Sandton Hotel worth R2,500.
Second runner-up prize: Check into Hallmark House Hotel worth R2,215.
Third runner-up prize: An Art Deco escape at Fishbird Villa worth R1,980.

Choose your top #JacarandaInYourPocket pick and enter the draw to win a shopping or meal voucher


Everyone who votes for their favourite of the top 10 People's Choice finalists enters a lucky draw to win one of the following great prizes:

Kensington Trading: A R750 gift voucher.
Hallmark House Hotel: Marabi Club date night voucher valued at R595 per couple (excl. drinks); only valid for a Thur night. 
Play Braamfontein: A 'Bottomless Brunch and Braam Rooftop Tour' at Loco for two valued at R500. 
Arbour Café: A R500 voucher. 
Ginologist: A bottle of gin and a six-pack of coolers from Ginologist valued at R400.

Voting closes on Tue, Nov 14 at 12:00 midday and the winner will be announced in our newsletter on Thu, Nov 16 subscribe here so you don't miss the news. 

This year's photo competition is organised by Johannesburg In Your Pocket in partnership with Gautrain, the best way to travel between two jacaranda cities. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere

Vote for your favourite entry here!


- You must be 18 years or older to vote.
- You must be following Johannesburg In Your Pocket on at least one social platform. 
- Everyone may vote, but only Joburg-based voters are eligible to win the lucky draw prizes. 
- You may only vote once. 


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