Helen Comer of The Daily News Journal won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2020 contest in Category D Feature Photo.

Comer will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2021 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 18.

Mike Darnay of the Mon Valley Independent finished second and Artie Walker Jr. of the Aiken Standard was third.

A Feature Photo entry is judged on the quality of the photo. Representatives from the Associated Press photo department serve as judges.

Sports editors in Category D submitted 22 photos. The contest is open to APSE members. 

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Contest chair and First Vice President Gary Potosky and fellow APSE officers — President Lisa Wilson, Second Vice President Jorge Rojas and Third Vice President Steve Hemphill prepared the entries.

The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 6th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.

The top 6 is listed below:

1. Helen Comer, Daily News Journal

2. Mike Darnay, Mon Valley Independent

3. Artie Walker Jr., Aiken Standard

4. Mickey Welsh, Montgomery Advertiser

5. Kent Porter,  The Press Democrat

6. Nickolas Oatley, The Manhattan Mercury