Legendary photographer David Bailey is to receive a Centenary Medal from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

Announcing the honour, Professor Raymond Clark, chairman of the awards committee, said: ?The Centenary Medal is the highest award the society makes to a practising artist. In 2005 it goes to David Bailey in recognition of his lifetime achievements in photography.?

Far from slowing down, Bailey – now 67 – is having one of his busiest years, adds the RPS. He is in the process of publishing two books of new work and the next in his series of archive publications.

Bailey already has many awards to his name. Speaking to AP after hearing the news he quipped: ?It?s always good to receive an award? and I am glad to be still alive so I can receive something like this.?

Renowned Magnum photographers Steve McCurry and Martin Parr are among those to receive Honorary Fellowships, along with photojournalists Jenny Matthews and Denis Thorpe, motor racing photographer Darren Heath and photographers Art Wolfe and Gus Wylie.

The awards are due to be presented on 6 October at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in Mayfair, London. For more details see upcoming issues of AP, in shops every Tuesday.

? We can exclusively reveal that Bailey will also next month receive an honorary doctorate of arts from the University of Plymouth. A spokesman for the university confirmed that the honour is expected to be awarded on 27 October

Picture credit: David Bailey