Jonathon Gruenke of The Virginian-Pilot won first place in the 2021 Associated Press Sports Editors contest in the Division B Action Photos category.

Gruenke will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2022 APSE Summer Conference banquet at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis on June 18. Click here to register for the conference.               

Alex Slitz of the Lexington Herald-Leader finished second, and Benjamin Hager of the Las Vegas Review-Journal took third.                                                                                               

Sports editors in Division B submitted 53 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. 

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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 is listed below.

1. Jonathon Gruenke, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)

2. Alex Slitz, Lexington Herald-Leader

3. Benjamin Hager, Las Vegas Review-Journal

4. Scott Utterback, Courier Journal (Louisville, Ky.)

5. Grace Hollars, IndyStar  (Indianapolis)

6. Scott Schild, | The Post-Standard

7. Andrew Nelles, The Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.)

8. Ron Cortes, San Antonio Express-News

9. Willie J. Allen Jr., Orlando Sentinel

10. Chancey Bush, The Gazette (Colorado Springs)