A tradition dating back from 2002 on 2channel has become a worldwide event. The Saimoe contest! Fans submit their favorite moe characters as they go head to head against each other in a popularity contest. I believe the only criteria for submission is that the character must have appeared in a work that was released that year.
This year, the site decided that the most moe character of 2013 is Madoka Kaname from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Do you all agree? Here are the 16 finalists from the contest!