A country's cultural identity is rooted by its national flag, but one country has opened up the design its next ensign to a public competition.
New Zealand's government has decided that its current flag – in place since 1902 - needs a revamp. So its launched its 'Flag Consideration Project' – costing NZD 25.7 million ($19.2m) – which asks citizens to submit fresh designs, ahead of a vote next year.
Since this project has launched last Tuesday, at least 850 entries have been submitted. Many have taken great pride in the original while others have opted to highlight New Zealand's traditional culture, including the Kiwi bird, silver fern and Maori artwork.
Here are some of the contenders:
The deadline for entries is July 16th 2015, and out of the hundreds of designs submitted, a selection of flags will be shortlisted by the Flag Consideration Panel, ahead of the first referendum this coming winter. Next march, a final vote with take place on whether citizens want to keep the original.