Deseret News photographers dominated the winners' circle in the press photography division of the 1991 Utah State Fair: They took 16 awards.

Thirty-five photographs were entered in the press division, according to William L. Duncan, photography supervisor at the fair."The quality of photographs submitted was exceptional and very diverse. The competition was very stiff," Duncan said.

Salt Lake Tribune photographer Steve Griffin took the overall grand prize with a color panning shot of bicyclists racing. Griffin also received the Judges' Choice award for a photograph titled "Bike Racing Color."

Deseret News photographer Gary McKellar took best-of-show honors in press photography for a black and white shot of a paraplegic man rappelling down a wall in a wheelchair. The picture is titled "Wheelchair Rock Climber."

Other press photography categories and winners:

- Feature - Griffin, first place, "Angle Lawn Mowing," humorous black and white photo of a boy mowing the lawn; Kristan Jacobsen, Deseret News, second place; Ravell Call, Deseret News, third place.

- Pictorial Illustration - Call, Deseret News, first place, color shot, "Summer Drinks;" Garry Bryant, Deseret News, second place.

- Storytelling Series - Call, Deseret News, first place, "Marine Boot Camp;" Rick Egan, Salt Lake Tribune, second place; Bryant, Deseret News, third place; Wallace Kasteler, Deseret News, fourth place.

- Spot News - McKellar, Deseret News, first place, color shot, "Wrong Turn;" Tom Smart, Deseret News, second place; Stuart Johnson, Deseret News, third place; Call, Deseret News, third place; Griffin, Tribune, fourth place.

- Sports - Smart, Deseret News, first place, "Ball State Jubilation," black and white photograph; Bryant, Deseret News, second place; Smart, Deseret News, third place; McKellar, Deseret News, fourth; and Egan, Tribune, honorable mention.

Duncan said he hopes to create a category for next year's fair for amateur high school photographers interested in journalism.