Renowned war photographer Don McCullin will be awarded the Centenary Medal by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) in October, it has been announced today.

The Centenary Medal is awarded each year in recognition of a ?sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography?, according to the RPS.

McCullin (pictured) has recently returned from photographing the conflict in Darfur.

Awarding the accolade the RPS said: ?Don is heralded as one of the greatest photographers of conflict of the modern age. His first press award was for photographing the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and his assignments have covered war, famine and poverty throughout the world.?

McCullin?s subjects have also featured ecological disasters, Aids victims in Africa and tribes in Ethiopia.

The RPS statement adds: ?However degrading the circumstances, his images document human conflict and grief with compassion through his own moral code.?

Picture credit (above): Royal Photographic Society

Picture (below) Homeless Irishman, Spitalfields by Don McCullin

Homeless Irishman, Spitalfields