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The year in photos

From the devastation of fires and explosions to the incredible beauty of a Maine beach or sunrise, images selected by our staff photographers offer a look back through 2013.

  • Roger Olson holds out a hand to his daughter Gianna as the two explore the snow-covered rocks at Mother's Beach in Kennebunk on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

  • Firefighters battle a blaze early Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Lewiston. Three separate fires at city apartment buildings in the spring left more than 200 people homeless. Two juveniles and two men were charged in connection with the fires. Joel Page/Staff Photographer

  • Mark Strong Sr. comforted his wife, Julie, after she became emotional while addressing Justice Nancy Mills during Strong's sentencing at Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Strong, a business partner of Zumba instructor Alexis Wright, was convicted on 13 counts related to promotion of prostitution and sentenced to 20 days in jail. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

  • Debris is strewn around the North Gables condominium complex in Yarmouth after a June 25, 2013, explosion in one of the units. Peter Corey, 66, was killed in the explosion. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

  • Lewiston police Officer Nick Wiers guides displaced residents away from the aftermath of a fire on Bartlett Street in Lewiston. The fire occurred Friday, May 3, 2013. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

  • Kathy Roy, 75, lies in her bed at her home in Bath on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Roy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when she was 57. When the stairs got to be too dangerous for her, her husband, Larry, bought a second-hand adjustable hospital bed and moved her into the living room downstairs. Kathy Roy died Thursday, Oct. 3. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

  • Chris Wagner and his partner, Robin Trout, celebrate the chance to move into their first apartment on Nov. 21, 2013, after having been homeless. John Ewing/Staff Photographer

  • Alexis Wright, a Kennebunk Zumba instructor, and her lawyer arrive at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland on March 29, 2013. Wright served six months of a 10-month sentence for prostitution and other charges. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

  • Julia May digs buried cars from the snow in her driveway on West Grand Avenue in Ocean Park in Old Orchard Beach on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Towns in Cumberland and York counties saw more than 20 inches from a blizzard, with Gorham topping the inch counts at 35.5. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

  • Dancer Melina Plummer of Portland Ballet lies on the floor while rehearsing on Friday, April 19, 2013, for a performance of "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace," a collaboration between the ballet and the Choral Art Society. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

  • Mackenzie Leighton, center, a junior at Cape Elizabeth High School, walks with her date, Connor Maguire, as they exit their photo session with friends and family on the beach in Saco before their prom Saturday, May 18, 2013. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer

  • The American flag, displayed on a home in Gorham, refracts through raindrops on a windshield on a partly rainy day on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

  • Jack Letellier of Marshwood High School leaps in the air to stretch his legs before the start of the boys' 1,600-meter run during the 2013 Class A Outdoor Track State Meet in Brewer on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Letellier went on to finish eighth in the race. Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

  • Motorcyclist Gillian Greenwood and bicyclist Jennifer Morrison, both of Portland, watch the sun rise over Casco Bay from Portland's Eastern Prom during the first day of summer Friday, June 21, 2013. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

  • Robert MacKay surveys the remains of his house at 52 Gables Drive in Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon, June 26, 2013. The structure was condemned after an explosion the day before killed neighbor Peter Corey and severely damaged MacKay's house, along with other homes on the street. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

  • Participants celebrate by throwing packets of powdered paint after taking part in the Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, at Southern Maine Community College on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

  • A man walks in the tidal channel at low tide on Ferry Beach, across from Pine Point, in Scarborough on Friday, July 26, 2013. Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer

  • Kenya's Micah Kogo recovers after winning the annual Beach to Beacon 10k road race in Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Kogo finished in 28:04. John Ewing/Staff Photographer

  • Quinn Sawyer, 4, left, and her sister, Summer, 6, take protection from the rain with their colorful umbrella on Monday, July 1, 2013, as they walk on Moulton Street in Portland with their mother Jessi Sawyer from Weld, and other family members. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

  • Binghamton center fielder Alonzo Harris makes a diving attempt to catch an outfield fly ball but loses it when his glove hits the ground against the Portland Sea Dogs on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Hadlock Field.

  • Jacob Bouchard, 10, carries a crucifix during the Procession of Saint Rocco and the Feast of the Assumption following Mass at St. Peter's Church, which kicked off the festivities for the 88th annual Italian Bazaar on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2013. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

  • Pilot Joe Caputo does a last-minute check inside the envelope before his and 20 other balloons take off from Lewiston's Simard-Payne Memorial Park to kick off the 21st annual Great Falls Balloon Festival on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

  • Achen Charles, 11, of Portland, screams as she lets loose on the zip line at Cow Island on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Charles, who is from Sudan and was born in Uganda, was participating in a summer camp run by Rippleffect, in conjunction with the Center for Grieving Children in Portland. It focuses on helping children overcome their fears. At top left is camp guide Ayla Zeimer. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

  • Ethan Anderson, 12, of Cumberland runs onto Higgins Beach after getting in the water for a late surf session on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Derek Davis/Staff Photographer

  • Dinghies sit on top of the ice-covered dock at Camp Ellis as the sun comes Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

  • In preparation for their upcoming performance at the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., members of the Gym Dandies Children's Circus practice on their unicycles at the Scarborough High School parking lot on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Click here to view the best aerial photos of the year from Staff Photographer Gabe Souza.