2006 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 1st prize

Olivier Jobard

Sipa Press for Paris Match

10 December, 2005

In his new life near Paris, Kingsley (22) works twelve hours a day as a warehouseman and has a three-hour commute to work. Kingsley, a Cameroonian, is one of the many illegal immigrants who has attempted the dangerous sea passage from Africa to Europe. In his hometown, he earned just US$ 30 a month as a lifeguard at a hotel. He had already tried to reach Europe once before, but turned back in Nigeria having run out of funds. On his second trip, he managed to raise more than US$ 1,000 to pay for the trip, for smuggler fees, and to finance his first weeks in Europe.

About the photographer

Olivier Jobard

Born in 1970, Olivier Jobard joined the Louis Lumière School in 1990. He was offered an end-of-course internship at the Sipa Press agency and joined their photography team two ye...

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