12-Year-Old Schoolboy Becomes Youngest Ever to Win Prestigious Royal Photographic Society Distinction

12-year-old Sam Kaye of Radlett, Hertfordshire became the youngest person ever to be awarded the prestigious distinction of “Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society” — that is, membership in the world’s oldest photographic society. Kaye anonymously submitted ten photos, many taken during a family trip to South Africa, to the RPS panel of judges, and was accepted based on the merit of his shots. The Royal Photographic Society’s Stuart Blake commented, “It is an excellent achievement for someone so young. We have people who are much older apply for the title and do not come anywhere near the standard required. The level of competence needed has increased considerably over the years, so he has done remarkably well.” Click through to see a few of the shots that earn Kaye the recognition, which we spotted over at PetaPixel, and let us know if you think he’s the next big thing in the comments.