Frank Johnston, a staff photographer for The Washington Post, was named Photographer of the Year yesterday in the 43rd annual White House News Photographers Association photography contest.

It was the third time Johnston has won the award. He was recognized this year for photographs made in Vietnam last year on a Post assignment to cover the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

Johnston's photographs won first and third place in the black and white personalities division and also second place in the black and white picture story division.

Other Post staff photographers who won first place awards in individual categories in yesterday's competition were John McDonnell, in the color personalities category; Margaret Thomas, black and white feature, and Dayna Smith, black and white pictorial.

Winning photographs and other entries will go on display at the Library of Congress in May.

Winners and their categories: PRESIDENTIAL

1st -- Dennis Cook, AP

2nd -- J. Scott Applewhite, AP

3rd -- Rich Lipski, Washington Post

HM -- Larry Downing, Newsweek

HM -- James A. Parcell, Washington Post B&W PERSONALITIES

1st -- Frank Johnston, Washington Post

2nd -- Lucian Perkins, Washington Post

3rd -- Frank Johnston, Washington Post

HM -- Bernie Boston, Los Angeles Times

HM -- Rick McKay, Cox Newspapers B&W PICTURE STORY

1st -- Richard Kozak, Washington Times

2nd -- Frank Johnston, Washington Post

3rd -- Rich Lipski, Washington Post

HM -- Jim Hubbard, UPI

HM -- Barry L. Thumma, AP COLOR PICTORIAL

1st -- Cotton R. Coulson, National Geographic

2nd -- Richard Kozak, Washington Times

3rd -- Karen Kasmauski, Freelance/National Geographic

HM -- Cotton R. Coulson, National Geographic

HM -- Wally McNamee, Newsweek COLOR FEATURE

1st -- Darryl Heikes, U.S. News & World Report

2nd -- O. Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic

3rd -- Linda Creighton, U.S. News & World Report

HM -- Dean Conger, National Geographic

HM -- Cotton R. Coulson, National Geographic COLOR PERSONALITIES

1st -- John McDonnell, Washington Post

2nd -- Jodi Cobb, National Geographic

3rd -- Barbara Kinney, USA Today

HM -- Fred J. Maroon, free-lance

HM -- Acey Harper, USA Today COLOR PICTURE STORY

1st -- James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

2nd -- Chick Harrity, U.S. News & World Report

3rd -- John Ficara, Newsweek

HM -- Larry Downing, Newsweek

HM -- Vanessa Barnes Hillian, Washington Post SPORTS

1st -- James A. Sugar, National Geographic

2nd -- Bill Creighton, Reuter

3rd -- Bill Creighton, Reuter

HM -- Gary A. Cameron, Washington Post

HM -- Stephen Crowley, Washington Times NEWS

1st -- Rick McKay, Cox Newspapers

2nd -- Bernie Boston, Los Angeles Times

3rd -- Linda L. Creighton, U.S. News & World Report

HM -- Chas Cancellare, Reuter

HM -- Dudley M. Brooks, Washington Post BLACK & WHITE PICTORIAL

1st -- Danya Smith, Washington Post

2nd -- Stephen Crowley, Washington Times

3rd -- Ray Lustig, Washington Post

HM -- Dudley M. Brooks, Washington Post

HM -- Larry Morris, Washington Post BLACK & WHITE FEATURE

1st -- Margaret Thomas, Washington Post

2nd -- J. Scott Applewhite, AP

3rd -- James M. Thresher, Washington Post

HM -- Jim Hubbard, UPI

HM -- Rick McKay, Cox Newspapers INSIDERS' WASHINGTON

1st -- H. Darr Beiser, USA Today

2nd -- James M. Thresher, Washington Post

3rd -- Darryl Heikes, U.S. News & World Report

HM -- Ron Edmonds, AP

HM -- Ron Edmonds, AP