By TIME Photo
August 10, 2015

New Zealand is a step closer to getting a new flag, after an independent panel sifted through more than 10,000 submitted designs to emerge with 40 finalists.

The country is in the process of nominating a new design to replace their current flag, which is based partly on the United Kingdom’s Union Jack. The panel’s next step, according to the Guardian, is to further reduce those proposals down to four nominees that the public will vote on later this year. The winner of that vote will compete with the current standard in another national referendum.

All design descriptions in this gallery are from the New Zealand government’s official website.

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