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