The Duchess of Cambridge Receives Lifetime Honorary Membership from Royal Photographic Society

Jan 5, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

The Duchess of Cambridge Receives Lifetime Honorary Membership from Royal Photographic Society

Jan 5, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Kate Middleton has received a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society. This information made many photographers angry. As soon as it was published, the news became a subject of mockery and criticism on social networks. The Duchess of Cambridge will likely be the first person to receive this honor without winning any of the society’s awards. What’s more, she has received the reward for her family snapshots and tour photos.

The Royal Photographic Society is highly respected and appreciated worldwide. It has long history, and it’s been building reputation since 1853, when it was founded. However, they caused a real avalanche of negative comments after their latest decision.

The Royal Photographic Society stated that “The Duchess has a long-standing interest and is likely to become an important ambassador for photography”. However, the pissed off photographers don’t seem to buy it.

Now, it’s not that Kate has nothing to do with photography. She graduated the history of art and she took photos for her parents’ company Party Pieces. She apparently likes photography and she does make some decent photos. These are mostly portraits of her kids and photos of the places she travels to. However, are these photos worthy such a prestigious award? I’m not exactly sure. I don’t mean to undermine anyone’s work, but I believe there are photographers who deserve this award more than Kate does.

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20 responses to “The Duchess of Cambridge Receives Lifetime Honorary Membership from Royal Photographic Society”

  1. allaboutthatbass Avatar
    allaboutthatbass

    what cameras does she normally use?

    1. Jezz1977 Avatar
      Jezz1977

      Usually Canon full frame.

  2. Chris Ord Avatar
    Chris Ord

    I can’t understand why it makes anyone angry, it has zero impact on your own photography work.

    Plenty of celebs and important people are giving honorary degrees etc and the royals work with lots of charities and companies, so what if she receives and honorary membership!

    1. Alan Smith Avatar
      Alan Smith

      Agreed. It’s not like she’s going to use it to get a job ?

    2. Dru Dodd Avatar
      Dru Dodd

      Royal receives honour from royal society. Colour me shocked!!! lol

  3. The JennCast Avatar
    The JennCast

    I would think it advantageous to have an ally/advocate in power.

  4. Ian Hecht Avatar
    Ian Hecht

    Why think of it as an award for a particular achievement? Universities give out honorary doctorates all the time to people who have no studies in the field – they just want a famous person’s name attached to the institution. I don’t see this as any different.

  5. Steve Korevec Avatar
    Steve Korevec

    Part of the problem with photography is that all these societies have become elitist and only want members who do things their way. The true craft is being lost while the photographic elite worry about everyone being in lock step, hence almost all photos look the same. Maybe something like this could be a wake up call.

    1. Larry Haydn Avatar
      Larry Haydn

      I think they want her influence (and some healthy funding won’t hurt).

    2. Steve Korevec Avatar
      Steve Korevec

      And her influence might just stir some membership growth.

    3. Michael Johnson Avatar
      Michael Johnson

      right, it’s pr

  6. Jeff Grundman Avatar
    Jeff Grundman

    It is useful to the Royal Society, so let them. We all work to promote ourselves. It affects my work not at all.

  7. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    So many many things in the world to care about, to get angry about. This is not one of them. Who cares.

  8. Greg Henry Avatar
    Greg Henry

    While I think she seems like a perfectly nice person, I don’t like “honorary” awards, degrees, or memberships just because of a person’s social status or job. I think you should EARN your awards and degrees, not get one for who you are or just for “participating”. Either way – doesn’t have an effect on my life. Just an opinion.

  9. Paul Richards Avatar
    Paul Richards

    No problem with it. She is actually a very handy photographer. The RPS is very elitist though, and when I qualified as a photographer I had the opportunity to have ARPS after my name, but could only keep it if I paid each year to do so. I chose not to, as it has no relevance to me as a professional photographer, or to my clients, who book me on the work I currently do, not a qualification gained many years ago

  10. Deacon Blues Avatar
    Deacon Blues

    “The Royal Photographic Society is highly respected and appreciated worldwide.”

    Are you sure you didn’t mean to write “was”?

  11. Alan Newman Avatar
    Alan Newman

    When you have individual furniture items that cost more than the average person’s annual salary, stick it in a picture with some kids wearing Gucci babywear, and the result of the pictures must be pretty darn good.

  12. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    some of her work is alright…could never understand the hate.
    But,..as has been already said below by Dru Dodd,…Royal receives honour from royal society….no shocker.

  13. Ahmet Avatar
    Ahmet

    Just imagine the news where the Queen withdraws the Royal title from them for being disrespectful to the member of the royal family. That would make me laugh. :)

  14. AJC Avatar
    AJC

    I’m afraid that this story is not correct. It is not an “award”, it is an honorary membership – essentially The Duchess of Cambridge has become a member of The Royal Photographic Society. She has not received an award for her photographs, but she has become a member of The RPS for her interest and passion for photography (membership is open to anyone with an interest in photography), so discussing how good the photographs are is irrelevant.