When social media becomes a book
In a New Zealand first, a book has been produced entirely through social media.
Produced by the New Zealand Geographic, the publication Southern Exposure is made up of images shared and voted on through photo-sharing site Flickr.
The book, featuring pictures taken by a number of Christchurch-based photographers, were not commissioned but were uploaded online where they were voted on by the public.
New Zealand Geographic editor James Frankham said the online community had been sharing the images already before his publication jumped onboard.
''It's a social media community so it runs itself. People vote on each other's photographs and carry out discussions without us. Our contribution was to combine the photographs into a book.''
Amateur Christchurch photographer David Bradshaw's image of spiny sea dragons was one chosen to be included in Southern Exposure.
"I'm really thrilled to be included. It's nice to have keen amateurs like myself able to contribute to a publication without having to put in a huge investment."
Bradshaw hoped it would lead the way for more publications to be made through a similar process.
"New Zealand Geographic is such a grass roots publication and it's great to see them leading the charge in something like this. I definitely think it will lead to more being produced."
Full-time photographer John Doogan's photograph of the Lindis Pass was also chosen for publication.
"It's a great innovative idea. I was a little unsure about giving away my images for free but I think it was worth it for this concept," he said.
The images that made it to the print publication were chosen from 25,000 images taken by more than 1500 photographers over 12 months.
Southern Exposure will be on sale at www.nzgeographic.co.nz/books from Monday, July 23 for $39.95.