Alaska Dispatch's top 10 slideshows and videos of 2013

Craig Medred
Loren Holmes photo

2013 was a year of growth for the Alaska Dispatch multimedia department. We added to our ranks a dedicated videographer, and explored new ways to tell stories using both video and still images, jumping head-first into the world of Instagram.

In March, during Iditarod, more people than ever viewed our slideshows and videos. As mushers and dogs traveled from Anchorage to Nome, people around the world watched the drama of the last great race unfold through our lenses.

Our most-watched video of the year was a timelapse of the northern lights, photographed during a single amazing night this spring. Set to music, the lights dance in step with an otherworldly beat.

Our short documentary-style videos focused on stories of musicians, families, friends and neighbors coming together to create something larger than themselves. From the infamous Talkeetna bachelor auction to a pair of Inuit throat-singing sisters, these videos highlight the weird and wonderful people that make up our great state.

  1. 1 Timelapse video of Alaska's northern lights

    A massive solar flare recently treated much of Alaska to some of the best northern lights in years. Epic ribbons of light and pulsating displays danced all weekend long. And we have the video to prove it.

  2. 2 Photos: Beaver Moon 2013 rises over Alaska's largest city

    The full moon lighting up Alaska's evening sky these days is the Beaver Moon – sometimes also known as the Frosty Moon or Hunter’s Moon. It peaks on Sunday but will appear largest on Saturday night. 

  3. 3 Video: Inuit throat-singing sisters from Canada

    Throat singing: Have you ever tried it? Ever even heard of it? Listen to these Inuit sisters who recently shared the tradition during the Circumpolar Music and Dance Festival in Anchorage, Alaska.

  4. 4 Photos: Mount Marathon Race 2013

    Using a late burst of speed, the former University of Alaska Anchorage skier finished in 42:55 to shatter Bill Spencer's venerated 32-year-old Mount Marathon record.

  5. 5 Best of Iditarod 2013 photos and videos

    The 2013 Iditarod officially got under way March 3, racing into the great frozen Alaskan hinterland toward Nome from a frozen lake in tiny Willow, Alaska. Nine days later, 53-year-old Mitch Seavey became the oldest musher to ever win the Last Great Race.

  6. 6 VIDEO: 31st Athabascan Fiddle Festival, old-time music and a sober good time

    The 31st Annual Athabascan Fiddle Festival was held in Fairbanks recently. The sober event draws people of all ages, and it is thriving, a living connection to the days when fur traders and gold miners traveled up and down the Yukon River.

  7. 7 Photos: Little Diomede defines remote

    Residents of the remote Bering Sea outpost of Little Diomede Island off Alaska's west coast settle into daily life amid the extreme circumstances posed by their location.

  8. 8 Photos: Backstage with the models of 'Wear Art, Thou?'

    A group of 16 designers from around Alaska debuted 20 unique garments on Friday at the "Wear Art, Thou?" fashion show, put on by the Alaska Native Arts Foundation and featuring clothing made from a variety of subsistence materials.

  9. 9 Video: Talkeetna Bachelor Auction a rowdy, rousing success

    Some of the 40 men being sold for charity in Talkeetna earlier this month relied on their looks to garner big bucks, while others offered additional prize "packages." By the end of the night, the event had raised more money than ever before.

  10. 10 Photos: Alyeska Resort avalanche rescue dogs

    For the dogs of Alyeska’s Patrol Avalanche Canine (PAC) program, the tough job of saving lives is “kind of a big game,” says Alyeska Resort ski patroller and dog handler Brian McGorry.