LOOK: Our favorite photos of the year

Thanks for all the photo ops, 2017. You sure were something else.

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R.ariel performs at the Seventh Circle Music Collective, Sun Valley, Dec. 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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R.ariel performs at the Seventh Circle Music Collective, Sun Valley, Dec. 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Thanks for all the photo ops, 2017. You sure were something else.

Here’s a round-up of our favorite images of the year. Some of these were chosen based on the popularity of the associated story, while others were just moments we liked.

Are there other photos or .gifs you liked? Let me know on Twitter @kevinjbeaty!

Politics
Councilwoman Kendra Black and Councilman Jolon Clark's cat Kit during a Denver City Council committee meeting on proposed legislation banning declawing, Oct. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) 

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Councilwoman Kendra Black and Councilman Jolon Clark's cat Kit during a Denver City Council committee meeting on proposed legislation banning declawing, Oct. 25, 2017. Andy's story on this was a Reddit hit, "cat-apulting" it to our most popular story of the year. That, in turn, spurred a Photoshop battle centered around Councilman Clark's kitty. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Dawn Russell watches Cory Gardner speak at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Dawn Russell watches Sen. Cory Gardner speak at the Western Conservative Summit before she interrupts him in protest of the potential repeal of Obamacare and cuts to Medicaid. ADAPT protesters were on the front lines all year. July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Around 100 people dressed in red cloaks from The Handmaid's Tale marched to the Denver Tech Center Marriott in protest as Vice President Mike Pence made an appearance there, Oct. 26, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Around 100 people dressed in red cloaks from The Handmaid's Tale marched to the Denver Tech Center Marriott in protest as Vice President Mike Pence made an appearance there, Oct. 26, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Housing
The Beloved Community tiny home village, seen in three stages. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The Beloved Community tiny home village for the homeless, seen in three stages. This time last year, City Council President Albus Brooks told a crowd that a tiny home village was an unfeasible option, but affordable housing activists managed to start construction in May nonetheless. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Long-time North Denver resident Ambrose Cruz and a Highland development project. Aug. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Long-time North Denver resident Ambrose Cruz and a Highland development project. Aug. 25, 2017. Cruz spoke with Erica this year about his memories of north Denver before its monumental transformation as she sought to answer: "What’s so bad about gentrification anyway?" (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Bernard Hurley poses for a portrait at the RiNo Blue Moon brewery, a property he owns. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Developer Bernard Hurley poses for a portrait at the RiNo Blue Moon brewery, a property he owns, Feb. 16, 2017. Andy's story on Hurley and the potential renaming of Brighton Boulevard to "Broadway North" was one of our most-read stories of the year. I also really loved this portrait of him. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Immigration
Isidro Quintana's daughter Ana Victoria cries on her brother Angel's shoulder after learning he will be detained at the GEO private immigration jail in Aurora. DIA, Mar. 6, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Isidro Quintana's daughter Ana Victoria cries on her brother Angel's shoulder after learning her father will be detained at the GEO private immigration jail in Aurora. DIA, Mar. 6, 2017. Quintana, who was a legal permanent resident who's lived in the U.S. since he was a child, spent three months in detention. During that time his family had to close down their business and lost their apartment. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Marco Dorado. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

Marco Dorado, who is allowed to work under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), at least for now. The federal government announced the end of DACA in September, prompting undocumented students to flood an Auraria Campus lawn in protest. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

Babacar, an asylee from Senegal, lies in bed in Casa De Paz's mens bunk room. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Babacar, an asylee from Senegal, lies in a bed in Casa De Paz's men's bunk room after being released from the GEO private immigration prison in Aurora, March 29, 2017. He is just one of many non-citizens who have been served by this hospitality house, shepherded by Oliver Fon, Denver's ping pong grand champion who also spent time at GEO and the Casa after being granted asylum. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denverites
Everyone we met on Colfax in five hours on the street. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Everyone we met on Colfax in five hours on the street, Oct. 10, 2017. You were all so great. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Joseph Wheatfall power washes concrete around the Sinclair station on Colfax Avenue at High Street, Sept. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Joseph Wheatfall power washes concrete around the Sinclair station on Colfax Avenue at High Street, Sept. 16, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Nathan Langmeier, a fighter, ref and boxing fanatic trains at the Denver Police Brotherhood gym, Mar. 7, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Nathan Langmeier, a fighter, ref and boxing fanatic, trains at the Denver Police Brotherhood gym, Mar. 7, 2017. The gym's Olympics-caliber training program is one place where the Denver Police Department has an opportunity to make inroads with the community. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Tom Parson inside his massive collection of letterpress equipment. May 4, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Tom Parson inside his massive collection of letterpress equipment. May 4, 2017. Parson and a crew of print geeks are setting up a museum and workshop inside of an old train station in Englewood. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stephen Cardullo breaks a bat. Coors Field opening day, April 7, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Stephen Cardullo breaks a bat at Coors Field on opening day, April 7, 2017. This was the start of a pretty great season for the Rockies. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Fireworks over the City and County Building, July 3, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Fireworks over the City and County Building, July 3, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Natural Phenomena
A solar eclipse over the Capitol and a statue dedicated to the Sand Creek Massacre, Aug. 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A solar eclipse over the Capitol and a statue dedicated to the Sand Creek Massacre, Aug. 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

That is indeed a pig dressed as Woody from Toy Story. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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That is indeed a pig dressed as Woody from Toy Story, and it's a darn smart pig. That'll do. Jan. 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Jilin Kalong, the small-clawed Asian river otter, on a giant running wheel. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Jilin Kalong, the small-clawed Asian river otter who can differentiate shapes and colors, on a giant running wheel, Jan. 25, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Mule deer at dusk, Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Dec. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Mule deer at dusk, Rocky Mountain Arsenal (which, by the way, is just 20 minutes away), Dec. 19, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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