Nancy Lane of the Boston Herald won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ 2018 contest in feature photo for the B Division.

Lane will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2019 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta on June 19.

Lane edged runner-up Matt Kryger of IndyStar (Indianapolis). Sarah Phipps of The Oklahoman placed third.

Sports editors in the B Division submitted 51 feature photo entries. The contest is open to APSE members. Click here to join.

Contest chair Todd M. Adams and fellow APSE officers John Bednarowski, Lisa Wilson and Dan Spears prepared entries. In February, preliminary judges at the APSE Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla., and off-site around the country, selected a top 10, with each judge ranking the entries in order from 1 to 10 separately on a secret ballot. Entries were given 10 points for a first-place vote, nine points for second and so on down to one point for a 10th-place vote. The final 10 were given to a second judging group, which ranked the entries 1-10 in the same fashion.

The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 10th-place writers will receive frameable certificates.

The feature photo judges examined each entry for photo quality. The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries:

  1. Nancy Lane, Boston Herald, 39 points, three first-place votes
  2. Matt Kryger, IndyStar (Indianapolis, Ind.), 33 points
  3. Sarah Phipps The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), 29 points
  4. Cindy Skop, The Villages Daily Sun, 25 points
  5. Sam Upshaw, Jr., Courier Journal (Louisville, Ky.), 23 points
  6. Michael Clevenger, Courier Journal (Louisville, Ky.), 19 points
  7. Dave Zapotosky, The Blade (Toledo, Ohio), 15 points
  8. Nick Wagner, Austin American-Statesman, 14 points, one first-place vote
  9. Michael Caterina, South Bend Tribune, 12 points
  10. Walt Unks, Winston-Salem Journal, 11 points


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