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Photos of the year: These were our favorites from 2018

We asked Megan Farmer, staff photojournalist at KUOW, to select her favorite images from this year — and we threw in a few of our own as well. See more of Farmers' work on Instagram @kuow.

Members of the Thai Dance Team get ready before performing during the Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in the Chinatown-International District in Seattle.
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Members of the Thai Dance Team get ready before performing during the Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in the Chinatown-International District in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Lunar New Year from Seattle's Chinatown

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Jade Solomon Curtis poses for a portrait on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. Dance helped Curtis grapple with the racism that she's experienced throughout her life, in the south where she grew up and in her adopted Northwest home.
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Jade Solomon Curtis poses for a portrait on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. Dance helped Curtis grapple with the racism that she's experienced throughout her life, in the south where she grew up and in her adopted Northwest home.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Four Seattle artists you should know about (if you don't already)

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Kegan Stoltman stands before the beginning of the Trans Pride Seattle march on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the intersection of Broadway and Thomas Streets in Seattle.
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Kegan Stoltman stands before the beginning of the Trans Pride Seattle march on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the intersection of Broadway and Thomas Streets in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

A weekend of Seattle Pride

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Jamal X, center, confronts police officers after lighting a portion of an American flag on fire while protesting outside of a College Republicans rally on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Red Square on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
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Jamal X, center, confronts police officers after lighting a portion of an American flag on fire while protesting outside of a College Republicans rally on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Red Square on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Protest and arrests at UW College Republicans rally

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: Heavy smoke from wildfires is shown on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, outside of Wenatchee.
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: Heavy smoke from wildfires is shown on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, outside of Wenatchee.
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'Mad Max' smokescape envelops Washington state

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Mahilet Mesfin, 18, reacts to members of the Patriot Prayer group on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, outside of a College Republicans rally at Red Square on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
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Mahilet Mesfin, 18, reacts to members of the Patriot Prayer group on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, outside of a College Republicans rally at Red Square on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Protest and arrests at UW College Republicans rally

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Crejon Williams, 11, sits on top of his uncle John Collins' car during the Umoja Fest and African American Day Parade on Saturday, August 4, 2018, in Seattle.
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Crejon Williams, 11, sits on top of his uncle John Collins' car during the Umoja Fest and African American Day Parade on Saturday, August 4, 2018, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Beautiful ‘umoja’ on parade in Seattle

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Abigail Matthews, 13, has help from Moriko Peterson, 13, left, after a flag ceremony during the Boy Scouts of America Bootcamp for girls on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Camp Thunderbird in Olympia.
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Abigail Matthews, 13, has help from Moriko Peterson, 13, left, after a flag ceremony during the Boy Scouts of America Bootcamp for girls on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Camp Thunderbird in Olympia.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

I want ‘to be the first female Eagle Scout and beat my brother’

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Dancers with Baile Dior Studios get ready to perform a dance to the song 'Desperado' by Rihanna during a rehearsal on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Rainier Beach high school in Seattle.
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Dancers with Baile Dior Studios get ready to perform a dance to the song 'Desperado' by Rihanna during a rehearsal on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Rainier Beach high school in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

South Seattle students perform their own stories, not Broadway's

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Donald Byrd poses for a portrait on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle.
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Donald Byrd poses for a portrait on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle.
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Transforming black pain into beauty: The story of an Alvin Ailey protege in Seattle

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Aleah Vo places cherry blossoms in Katherine Nguyen's hair before taking a photograph on Monday, March 19, 2018, on the University of Washington campus, in Seattle.
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Aleah Vo places cherry blossoms in Katherine Nguyen's hair before taking a photograph on Monday, March 19, 2018, on the University of Washington campus, in Seattle.
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Cherry trees in full bloom on UW's campus

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Ely Thomas, 7, runs from water spilling over a set of stairs  during a King Tide at Alki Beach Park on Friday, January 5, 2018, in West Seattle.
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Ely Thomas, 7, runs from water spilling over a set of stairs during a King Tide at Alki Beach Park on Friday, January 5, 2018, in West Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Water in the streets

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Cassandra Piester, center, listens to speakers during an event honoring the 379 lives lost in King County during 2017 to overdose, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Westlake Park in Seattle. Piester's cousin Amber Roberts died of an overdose in 2015.
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Cassandra Piester, center, listens to speakers during an event honoring the 379 lives lost in King County during 2017 to overdose, on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Westlake Park in Seattle. Piester's cousin Amber Roberts died of an overdose in 2015.
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Nearly 380 people died from overdoses in 2017

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Scout Smissen, a 17-year-old junior at Roosevelt High School becomes emotional while speaking to a crowd of hundreds on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, during a walkout in protest of gun violence at Red Square on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
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Scout Smissen, a 17-year-old junior at Roosevelt High School becomes emotional while speaking to a crowd of hundreds on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, during a walkout in protest of gun violence at Red Square on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
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Students pour out of class to say they’re fed up with gun violence

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Lummi Nation national resources officer Aaron Hillaire operates the Lummi police boat while looking for J-50, as a group of transient whales are shown in the distance, on Friday, August 10, 2018. (Image taken under the authority of NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit No. 18786-03)
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Lummi Nation national resources officer Aaron Hillaire operates the Lummi police boat while looking for J-50, as a group of transient whales are shown in the distance, on Friday, August 10, 2018. (Image taken under the authority of NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit No. 18786-03)
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Crews near Bellingham load up live salmon to feed sick, young orca

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Armani Galvez, 3, stands with other Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin members before performing on Friday, November 2, 2018, during the 14th annual Día de los Muertos celebration at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle.
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Armani Galvez, 3, stands with other Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin members before performing on Friday, November 2, 2018, during the 14th annual Día de los Muertos celebration at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle.
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Día de los Muertos at El Centro de la Raza

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Milee Ballweg, 20, sits on the steps of a University District church where she sleeps just after 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Seattle.
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Milee Ballweg, 20, sits on the steps of a University District church where she sleeps just after 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Seattle.
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Young and homeless in Seattle's U-District

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From left, Zephyra Bingham, 14, Ariana Spradlin, 13, and Rachel Becking, 13, carry their belongings before setting up their tents during the Boy Scouts of America Bootcamp for girls on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Camp Thunderbird in Olympia.
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From left, Zephyra Bingham, 14, Ariana Spradlin, 13, and Rachel Becking, 13, carry their belongings before setting up their tents during the Boy Scouts of America Bootcamp for girls on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Camp Thunderbird in Olympia.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

I want ‘to be the first female Eagle Scout and beat my brother’

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David Rue poses for a portrait at the Seattle Art Museum on Monday, April 9, 2018, in Seattle.
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David Rue poses for a portrait at the Seattle Art Museum on Monday, April 9, 2018, in Seattle.
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Four Seattle artists you should know about (if you don't already)

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Bellaniy Baltazar, 13, rubs her eyes while swimming amidst heavy smoke from wildfires on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Lakeside Park in Chelan.
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Bellaniy Baltazar, 13, rubs her eyes while swimming amidst heavy smoke from wildfires on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Lakeside Park in Chelan.
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'Mad Max' smokescape envelops Washington state

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Raven Healing, a Haudenosaunee woman, sings with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Washington group members during the Women's March on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Seattle.
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Raven Healing, a Haudenosaunee woman, sings with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Washington group members during the Women's March on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Seattle.
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Thousands take over the streets for Seattle Women's March

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Axel Kuehn, 29, jumps off of a dock into Lake Washington near Madrona Park on Monday, July 30, 2018, in Seattle.
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Axel Kuehn, 29, jumps off of a dock into Lake Washington near Madrona Park on Monday, July 30, 2018, in Seattle.
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Seattle sweats out a very hot summer

Mariana Harvey, left, and Leslie Jimenez, center, lead the Indigenous People's Day march and celebration on Monday, October 8, 2018, on 5th Avenue in Seattle.
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Mariana Harvey, left, and Leslie Jimenez, center, lead the Indigenous People's Day march and celebration on Monday, October 8, 2018, on 5th Avenue in Seattle.
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Indigenous People's Day march and celebration

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Photographer Marilyn Montufar poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Seattle.
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Photographer Marilyn Montufar poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Seattle.
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On being Mexican-American from this Seattleite-Chicana

Baile Dior Studios dance instructor, TiQuida Spellman, center, watches the dancers during practice on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Rainier Beach high school in Seattle.
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Baile Dior Studios dance instructor, TiQuida Spellman, center, watches the dancers during practice on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Rainier Beach high school in Seattle.
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South Seattle students perform their own stories, not Broadway's

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Kenta Puv, 19, poses for a portrait during the Indigenous People's Day march and celebration on Monday, October 8, 2018, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
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Kenta Puv, 19, poses for a portrait during the Indigenous People's Day march and celebration on Monday, October 8, 2018, at Westlake Park in Seattle.
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Indigenous People's Day march and celebration

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Vishavjit Singh poses for a portrait on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle.
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Vishavjit Singh poses for a portrait on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle.
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Wham! Bam! Pow! Sikh Captain American takes on prejudice in a turban

Jeff Bezos looks up at the Canyon Living Wall on Monday, January 29, 2018, during the grand opening of Amazon's spheres in Seattle.
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Jeff Bezos looks up at the Canyon Living Wall on Monday, January 29, 2018, during the grand opening of Amazon's spheres in Seattle.
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A look inside Amazon's Spheres

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Mariela Mahoney-Armas, 9, left, and Anni Armas light candles on Thursday, June 21, 2018, during a prayer and procession for families at the border at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
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Mariela Mahoney-Armas, 9, left, and Anni Armas light candles on Thursday, June 21, 2018, during a prayer and procession for families at the border at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
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Hundreds march in solidarity with separated families

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