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The youthful faces of New Caledonia

Children laughing in New Caledonia
Set off for New Caledonia in the company of photographer Pierre-Alain Pantz, who captured all these happy faces on camera while paying another visit to the archipelago that he is so fond of.

Face of the Loyalty Islands, reflections of the different Polynesian influences that have marked their history.

The youthful faces of New Caledonia

Face of the Loyalty Islands, reflections of the different Polynesian influences that have marked their history.

The youthful faces of New Caledonia
Isle of Pines - Vao

A fleeting glance, a furtive exchange that filled my eyes with joy.

Isle of Pines - Vao

This magnificent face, its features finely chiselled in the morning light, caught my eye at once.

The youthful faces of New Caledonia
Isle of Pines - Vao

This magnificent face, its features finely chiselled in the morning light, caught my eye at once.

The youthful faces of New Caledonia
Nouméa

I was so unsettled by this boy's scrutinising gaze that I only took a single shot.

I will never know what these little girls from Lifou found so funny.

The youthful faces of New Caledonia

I will never know what these little girls from Lifou found so funny.

In the coolness of a traditional hut in Ouvéa, an angel sleeps on a braided floor mat.

Nouméa

I often sit down when I take photos of children so they can tower over me...

The youthful faces of New Caledonia
Nouméa

I often sit down when I take photos of children so they can tower over me...

The youthful faces of New Caledonia
Isle of Pines - Wapan Dancer

I like the pride of this very young dancer from Isle of Pines as he performs the dance of the ghost fishermen.

Back from the dance, a splendid colourful encounter at Kanumera Bay on Isle of Pines.

The youthful faces of New Caledonia

Back from the dance, a splendid colourful encounter at Kanumera Bay on Isle of Pines.

The youthful faces of New Caledonia
Atéou Tribe - North Province

I have always liked it when a backlight bathes a face in a halo of light.

The youthful faces of New Caledonia
Isle of Pines

Like a ray of sunshine!

The youthful faces of New Caledonia

Compulsory "dress code"! Every year Caledonia dresses up as the Far West for the Bourail agricultural fair.

A bike with giant wheels seemed to terrorise this little boy from Isle of Pines

The youthful faces of New Caledonia

A bike with giant wheels seemed to terrorise this little boy from Isle of Pines