Sam Kaye snaps up a photography award, aged 11

Look out David Bailey. Eleven year-old Sam Kaye has been crowned young photographer of the year in an international competition.

Sam, a pupil at Merchant Taylors' School in Northwood, entered the contest - organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) - with his photo of a hoverfly. He took the picture on a day out with his photographer mother at the RHS gardens at Wisley in Surrey.

He tells People: "My mum took me to Wisley because she had been teaching me and some friends about photography. I'm really pleased that one of mine was picked as the best.

"I'd like to work as a photographer when I grow up but when I asked my mum she said I couldn't. Her dad told her she couldn't but she did and my grandpa's mum told him that he couldn't but he did. Photography runs in the family."

Sam's mother Su has a studio in Radlett, Herts, and his grandfather Paul Kaye ran a photographic business in London for 30 years.

Sam says: "I was really excited to win especially as they put me in the 11-18 category. I was so shocked when I got the phone call. I couldn't believe it and had to ask the man again if I had really won.

"I feel inspired by taking pictures and enjoy feeling proud of the end image."

Among the judging panel was renowned garden photographer Allan Pollock-Morris.

Last updated: 4:30pm, November 4 2010