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2012 Little League Photo Contest Ends in First-Place Tie

2012 Little League Photo Contest Ends in First-Place Tie


Chrissy McLaughlin, of West Chester, Pa., and Shelly Blaker from Kerrville, Texas, tied for first place and are the winners of the 2012 Little League Photo Contest following voting conducted via Little League Facebook page.

The winning photos featured Exton, Pa., Little League softball player Kelsey McLaughlin; and Aiden McCullough from Fredericksburg Youth Baseball Association hitting, with Zach Stafford catching. 

The McLaughlin photo shows Kelsey McLaughlin throwing from second base to record an out during the Pennsylvania District 27 Major Division Championship Game.

 The Blaker photo shows the determination on the face of Aiden McCullough as he follows throw on a swing.

The voting, conducted over several days last month, asked Little League Facebook friends to decide on the top three photos from 10 finalists. The first-place winners tied with more than 1,000 votes cast each. More than 5,000 votes were tallied, and the photos were viewed by more than 100,000 people.

Joanna Aufmuth, the third place winner, caught a play at home plate showing the umpire following the action on a slide and tag play, as the coaches watch from the dugout.

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Above, the two winning photos that tied for first place. Below, the third place winning photo.


Little League volunteers from across the United States send in entries that are evaluated at Little League International and three winners are selected. This is the 14th year the contest has been conducted.

The winning photographs will be on display at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, with the top photographs from past contests.

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