Tiny Caribbean island the size of two football pitches and home to 1,200 people lays claim to be the world’s most crowded islet

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AN ASTONISHING set of photos show the vibrancy of the most crowded island on earth.

The 1,200 residents on the Caribbean islet of Santa Cruz del Islote live on a space as big as just two football pitches that lies a two-hour boat ride off the coast of Colombia.

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They rely on the mainland and neighbouring islands to use everything from schools to leisure sites and cemeteries.

The stunning snaps provide a snapshot into the lives of the islanders, who exist in a tight-knit community of 45 families living in 97 houses.

Profiles emerge of those who live there – such as Lucero, 29, one of the best stylists on the island.

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She spends most of her time helping other girls from the island with their haircuts and braids.

Other shots give an insight into the island’s poverty – the ridged tin roofs crammed next to each other, a tiny yard for children to play football, a minuscule bedroom made of unfinished brickwork.

But the photos also capture the liveliness of an island where young people make up 65 per cent of the population.

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Shots show youngsters on a boat to school, or teenagers drinking and dancing at parties that last up to two or three days.

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The vast range of hairdos are shown in one beautiful portrait, where a girl stares at the camera surrounded by her friends – all with dramatically different hairstyles.

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