Muller won for a portfolio of stories about masculinity and conflict; Gade, a small town newspaper photographer, edged out top wire service photographers.
The surprise winner of POYi Sports Photographer of the Year is Matt Gade, a staff photographer at The Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota. Getty photographers Donald Miralle and Christian Petersen won second and third place, respectively. Gade won for a portfolio that includes dramatic moments from games between local college and amateur teams, and a story (above) about South Dakota rodeos
Single pictures shot in 2011 are eligible, as are picture stories that were finished or first published in this year. The deadline to register is January 6, 2012, while all submissions must be made by January 12, 2012. Winners will be announced on February 10, 2012.