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.

Darnay 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.         

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.

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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, with links to the photos, is listed below.

1. Mike Darnay, Mon Valley Independent (Monessen, Pa.)

2. Helen Comer, The Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

3. Scott Chancey, Florence (S.C.) Morning News

4. Gary Cosby Jr., The Tuscaloosa News

5. Will Fagan, Marietta Daily Journal

6. Mickey Welsh, Montgomery Advertiser

7. Jeff Helsel, Mon Valley Independent (Monessen, Pa.)

8. Michael Karas, Daily Record (Rockaway, N.J.)

9. Jake Crandall, Montgomery Advertiser

10. Cayla Nimmo, Casper Star-Tribune