Keith Birmingham of the Southern California News Group won first place in the 2021 Associated Press Sports Editors contest in the Division A Action Photos category.

Birmingham 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.          

Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post finished second, and Brett Coomer of the Houston Chronicle took third.                                                                                               

Sports editors in Division A submitted 45 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. Keith Birmingham, Southern California News Group (Anaheim, Calif.)
2. Ricky Carioti, The Washington Post
3. Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle
4. Al Diaz, Miami Herald
5. Tom Fox, The Dallas Morning News
6. Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
7. Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press
8. Yong Kim, The Philadelphia Inquirer
9. Doug Mills, The New York Times
10. Rob Schumacher, The Arizona Republic