Mike Darnay of the Mon Valley Independent in Monessen, Pa., won first place in the 2021 Associated Press Sports Editors contest in the Division D Action Photos category.
Helen Comer of The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn., finished second, and Scott Chancey of the Florence (S.C.) Morning News took third.
Sports editors in Division C submitted 34 entries in Action Photos.
Contest chair Jorge Rojas and fellow APSE officers Gary Potosky, Naila-Jean Meyers and Ed Reed prepared the entries. The contest is open to APSE members.
In February, photographers from The Associated Press met and handled judging for the photo portion of the APSE contest. They chose a top 10 and then ranked them 1-10.
The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.
The ranked top 10, with links to the photos, is listed below.