The most popular photo galleries of 2013

These are the most-viewed photo galleries of 2013 on komonews.com.
 

20) Brilliant lightning dances across Puget Sound skies

An intense line of thunderstorms brought brilliant lightning over Seattle on Aug. 9 and 10. View the gallery >>>

19) Seattle SlutWalk fights rape culture

SlutWalk Seattle is part of an international protest movement fighting rape culture, which includes victim blaming. The walk took place from Occidental Park to Westlake Park in Seattle. August 25th 2013. View the gallery >>>

 

18) 2013 Miss Washington Pageant

22 contestants from all over Washington State came to the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien, WA for the 2013 Miss Washington Scholarship Organization pageant.  View the gallery >>>

 

17) Hanging at Sasquatch

Tens of thousands of music fans come from all over the country to the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State for the annual music festival. The festival runs from May 24th-27th and features over a hundred bands. View the gallery >>>

 

16) Dancers get wild at Resolution 2013

Resolution 2013 is one of Northwest's biggest NYE dance parties and is held at the WaMu Theater in Seattle. View the gallery >>>

 

15) Seattle Mist win big in season opener

The Seattle Mist kicked off their 2013 season with a 55-36 win over the Green Bay Chill. Thousands of fans filled the ShoWare Center in Kent to watch the women's 7-on-7 full contact football game. April 6th 2013. View the gallery >>>

 

14) Wild styles at Paradiso Festival (Day 2)

25,000 people packed the Gorge Amphitheater for the electronic dance music festival, Paradiso. Paradiso is an 18 and over two day festival that features the biggest names in electronic dance music. View the gallery >>> (Want more? Here is the gallery from Day 1)

 

13) Colorful fun at the Summer Solstice Parade

Tens of thousands came down to the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle to watch the Solstice Parade. The parade is part of the Fremont Fair and celebrates the Summer Solstice. View the gallery >>>

 

12) Bodybuilders strut their stuff at the 2013 Emerald Cup

The Emerald Cup is a 2 day bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini and physique championship and expo. The event ran from Friday, May 3rd to late Saturday May 4th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue,  View the gallery >>>

 

11) Crazy costumes at Day 1 of Seattle's Penny Arcade Expo

Seattle's Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime) brings tens of thousands to the Washington State Convention Center ever year. PAX Prime includes concerts, arcade games, video game tournaments, cosplay and more and runs from August 30th to September 2nd.  View the gallery >>> (Want more? Here is the gallery from Days 2 and 3

 

10) Washington's 40 most-wanted sex offenders

View the gallery >>> (Other similar galleries among the top list: 62 of Washington's most-wanted serious violent offenders // Washington state's 23 worst deadbeat parents  // Meet Washington State Patrol's 31 most-wanted felony suspects)

 

9) Wild costumes at Portland Comic Con

Saturday brought the best of the best in Cosplayers. With costumes ranging from Halo characters to The Avengers, and everything nerdy inbetween. View the gallery >>>
 

8) Incredible views of Earth from the International Space Station

Dozens of photos of Earth taken from Col. Chris Hadfield when he was up on the International Space Station earlier this year.  View the gallery >>> (Want more? There's a second gallery posted a few months later here.)

 

7) Photographer gets incredible close-up shots of snowflakes

Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov used a unique camera set up to get intricate photos of individual snowflakes, which show off an amazing level of detail that each snowflake carries. They say no two snowflakes are alike, and these photographs show why. View the gallery >>>

 

6) Final audition for Sea Gals hopefuls

After three weeks of tryouts, the Sea Gals final audition ended with 62 girls trying out for 34 spots.  View the gallery >>> (Want more? Here are galleries from the initial tryouts and semi finals)

 

5) Seattle gets high on Hempfest

Seattle Hempfest is the world’s largest event advocating cannabis law reform, attracting hundreds of thousands of people each year. This annual event is held every August in Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront.  View the gallery >>>

 

4) Lucky 2013 dazzles Seattle on St. Pat's weekend

Lucky 2013, part of St. Patrick's Day weekend, took place at WaMu Theater in Seattle. Lucky is one of the largest electronic music shows in the Northwest and attracts more than ten thousand people.  View the gallery >>>

 

3) Cupid's Undie Run Seattle

The Cupid Undie Run is a 1 mile fun run through Fremont in Seattle. Hundreds of participants stripped down to their underwear to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. View the gallery >>>

 

2) Beauties, beasts at Seattle's Sakura-Con, Day 2

2013 Sakura-Con is an annual three-day anime convention held March 29th-31st at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. View the gallery >>> (Want more? Here are the galliers from Sakura-Con Day 1 and Day 3)

 

1) Emerald City Comicon Day 1:

Emerald City Comicon is the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Thousands of people came to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle for 3 days of cosplay, comic books, celebrities, panels and more. March 1-3 2013.   View the gallery >>>

(Want more? See the zany galleries from Day 2 and Day 3.)

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