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Kenny Rogers Honored by Professional Photographers of America

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Kenny Rogers has been lauded as an exceptional artist for decades, but now, he’s being honored for another talent: photography. 

The ‘Through the Years’ hitmaker received an honorary master of photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) at its annual conference, Imaging USA, during the PPA Award & Degree ceremony on Jan. 14. There were up to a whopping 10,000 photographers in attendance.

Rogers also was able to share his talent with the crowd — but not his musical talent. Prior to the ceremony, he gave an exclusive live Q&A with convention-goers, discussing his life and work and sharing photos from his forthcoming photography book Places I’ve Been, Things I’ve Seen.

“We could see in his work that Mr. Rogers is an accomplished photographer, but when we approached him about the honorary master’s degree, we were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm for photography,” PPA President Ralph Romaguera Sr. says of the choice to honor Rogers. ”He’s obviously well-known as an entertainer, but he truly is a remarkably talented photographer.”

Rogers has three other photography books out: Kenny Rogers’ America, published in 1986, Your Friends and Mine from 1987 that featured portraits of Hollywood celebrities, and This Is My Country, which holds black and white photographs of country stars like Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson and so many others.

“You start off doing something because you really love it, and it gives you great pleasure,” Rogers remarks. “With any luck at all, you get better. It was special to receive the highest honor that my photography has to offer. I felt a little intimidated but very flattered and somehow undeserving. What a thrill!”

In addition to receiving the photography honor, Rogers has experienced some other exciting achievements recently. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last April, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 CMAs and was nominated for a 2014 Grammy along with pal Dolly Parton.

At 75, the legend proves that life just gets sweeter with age!

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