Whittier Daily News staff photographer Keith Durflinger has been honored in the Associated Press News Executives Council’s annual contest honoring the best newswriting and photography of 2005 by AP member newspapers in California and Nevada. Durflinger, 43, a Whittier resident, won second place in the Division IV feature photo category for his entry titled “Hound.” Division IV is for newspapers whose circulation is 25,000 or less. “It was something interesting and I knew I had to do something different, so I ended up laying on the ground,” said Durflinger, who previously has won California Newspaper Publishers Association awards. “The dog came up and licked my camera and they eventually had to pick him up.” “We are proud of the efforts of fine photographers like Keith, who capture snippets of life in the Whittier area for our readers every day,” said Talmage A. Campbell, executive editor of the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAwards in 59 categories will be presented at an evening banquet at the annual APNEC conference, to be held Saturday, June 10, at the Hotel Mar Monte in Santa Barbara. This year’s APNEC winners were chosen by editors from AP member newspapers in Indiana from more than 1,000 entries.