12-Year-Old Schoolboy Sam Kaye Awarded By The Royal Photographic Society

26/10/2011 15:18 BST | Updated 26/12/2011 10:12 GMT

At a glance, Sam Kaye's images look as if they belong to a professional wildlife photographer.

But the photographs, which were awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) after being entered anonymously, are the work of a 12-year-old schoolboy.

Some of the pictures were snapped while on a family holiday, with others such as the wildcat and fox being taken in the UK. The photographs were awarded the honour by the RPS, which has more than 10,500 members worldwide. Sam, from Radlett, Herfordshire, began taking photos at the age of six and said he would like to become a professional photographer when he is older.

"I was really surprised to win the award from the RPS, but very pleased", he said.

"I feel really inspired taking photos and my dream job would be travelling around the world doing wildlife photos."

Sam is now the second youngest person to receive a distinction from the RPS and can write the letters LRPS after his name, which stands for "Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society".

Sam's mother Su said she was "extremely proud".

"He's had a camera since he was six and he's just got better and better."

Members of the society, which was founded in 1853, can apply for a distinction by anonymously submitting 10 images.