When social media becomes a book

06:04, Jul 20 2012
Robert Dickinson - Hagley Park
WALKING TO WORK: A very cold morning in Hagley Park on September 3, 2010, the day before the devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck. The light was fantastic and it captured how a normal walk to work can turn into something magical in the right conditions.
Graeme Partridge - KidsCan Santa Run
KIDSCAN SANTA RUN: About 2000 runners took part in the annual charity run on December 7, 2011, each receiving a Santa suit in return for their entry fee. A total of $48,000 was raised for disadvantaged children in New Zealand.
Michael Pui - New Brighton beach art
NEW BRIGHTON: Peter Donnelly etched hundreds of works into the volcanic New Brighton sands using rakes and sticks. "At the end of the four hours, it wants to go, it’s worn out. It’s gifted to the sea.”
Joel Bensing - twisted footbridge
QUAKE-TWISTED: A pedestrian footbridge spanning the Avon River serves as a snapshot of the extreme forces at work for on February 22, 2011.
John Doogan - Lindis Pass
LINDIS PASS: The tussock-clad Lindis Pass is far from barren being home to rifleman, grey warbler, fantail and New Zealand falcon.
Michael Pui - fishing
BEWARE: Fishing from rocks can be rewarding but also dangerous. The foaming waters and kelp beds on rocky headlands are good for catching species such as kingfish, but anglers large waves have killed some caught unawares.
Craig Bullock - Mona Vale
AUTUMN: Mona Vale is one of a handful of Christchurch public parks created between the 1940s and 1960s around historic homesteads.
David Bradshaw - depths of Milford Sound
UNDERWATER WORLD: David Bradshaw, a contract biological technician, was part of a team collecting spiny seadragons (Solegnathus spinosissimus) for Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. Here they are in Milford Sound, below Mitre Peak where the stained layer of freshwater overlying the seawater cuts out light from above and leaves an eerie diffuse green light. The seadragons had to be slowly lifted to the surface over several hours to avoid the decrease in pressure injuring them.
Brendon Keenan on the Canterbury Plains
CAPTURING THE MOMENT: Brendon Keenan was planting shelter-belts on the Canterbury Plains and crouched among the walls of gorse and grass to photograph the sunset through the flowering thistles.

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.

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By Bonita Cooke
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By Graeme Partridge
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By Mark Gee
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By Philip Dyer
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By Brendon Doran
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By Stewart Baird
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By Edward Cook
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By Benjamin Burkhart
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By Fraser Crichton

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.


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