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Megan Farmer

Photojournalist

Year started with KUOW: 2017

Megan joined KUOW as a photojournalist in 2017. Previously, she worked for newspapers including the Omaha World-Herald. Originally from the Finger Lakes region of New York state, Megan studied photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she graduated in 2013. 

Bellaniy Baltazar, 13, rubs her eyes while swimming on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at Lakeside Park in Chelan.
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The sky is ash gray; the lake is too.

Wenatchee and Chelan, popular summer destinations for middle class Seattleites, look like the end of the world right now. Like sets from the movie “Mad Max,” as smoke from nearby wildfires engulfs the area.

Lummi Tribal Chairman Jay Julius loads live chinook salmon onto King County Research Vessel SoundGuardian in Squalicum Harbor on Friday, August 10, 2018. (Image taken under the authority of NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit No. 18786-03)
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An extraordinary effort to feed a sick, young orca got underway Friday morning in the waters west of Bellingham.

Crews loaded 24 live chinook salmon into tanks aboard King County's Research Vessel SoundGuardian as well as the Lummi Nation police boat at Squalicum Harbor.

Salenna Green, second from left, waits backstage before performing at the Respect The Culture fashion show during the Umoja Fest on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Judkins Park in Seattle.
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As the Blue Angels flew overhead, hundreds gathered on Saturday to attend the Umoja Festival and African American Day parade. Umoja, which means "unity" in Swahili, is a festival that began as a tradition in the 1940s to honor African heritage and culture. 

Milee Ballweg, 20, sits on the steps of a University District church where she sleeps just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Seattle.
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Nostalgia thrives on the Ave.

That’s University Way Northeast to cartographers, a street that pounds with construction and smells of $6.99 Thai lunch specials and bus exhaust.

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 reached its second hottest July on record by reaching 89 degrees Monday. 

Monday also ties the most consecutive days of at least 85 degrees. In 1977 and 1967 the city boasted streaks of nine days in a row of high temperatures, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski. 

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

She’s 20, her hair is blonde tinged with pink, and she wears ripped jeans and a Pokémon T-shirt. She sleeps wrapped in gray packing blankets that cover her face.

Yolany Padilla hugs her 6-year-old son Jelsin after being reunited on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Tap or click on the first image to see more.
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A mother and child from Honduras, forced apart for nearly two months, are the first family of asylum seekers to be reunited in the Northwest.

Maru Mora, right, smiles with Murphy Mitchel before her ICE hearing on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, outside of the Immigration Court building on 2nd Avenue in Seattle.
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A Seattle immigration judge has granted a continuance in the deportation case of immigration rights activist Maru Mora-Villalpando. A large crowd gathered outside of the Immigration Court building on 2nd Avenue Tuesday afternoon to stand in solidarity with Mora-Villalpando.

Dusty Jo blows bubbles filled with smoke during Trans Pride Seattle on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Cal Anderson Park.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Pride weekend kicked off with Trans March Seattle on Friday night in Capitol Hill. A large crowd marched from the intersection of Broadway and Thomas Streets to Cal Anderson Park. 

Following the march, people gathered to listen to performances. 

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.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Hundreds marched in solidarity with families affected by President Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy Thursday night in Seattle. The prayer and procession for families at the border began at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral and ended with a candlelit service at St. James Cathedral.


Savannah Blackwell, a freshman, performs a song during an assembly on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Franklin High School in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Last Friday was the last time Ryan Dela Cruz's classmates saw the 17-year-old student alive.

People lay on the floor of the Laser Dome on Thursday, May 17, 2018, during Laser Beyonce, by laser artist Gabriel Espinoza, at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

The Summer of Light at the Laser Dome has begun. The Pacific Science Center has added 17 new laser shows to their summer lineup, with two shows premiering each week. The first show, Laser Beyonce, was on Thursday night. 

SLIDESHOW: Sea Gals hopeful Kiana stretches before the final auditions on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the CenturyLink Field West Club Lounge in Seattle. Tap or click on the first image to see more.
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The 2018 Sea Gals squad has been determined. Of the 52 Sea Gals hopefuls that competed on Sunday during the final round of auditions, only 28 dancers made the team. 

Patrons walk along a path next to rows of red tulips on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at RoozenGaarde near Mount Vernon.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Spring is in the air! The tulips of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival are in full bloom. The festival, in its 35th year, runs through the end of April. 

Brian Davison, a Commissioner in Kitsap County, stands on the steps of the Legislative Building on Saturday, April 21, 2018, during a March For Our Rights pro gun rally at the Washington state capitol, in Olympia.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Over 1,000 people were estimated to be in attendance on Saturday afternoon for a "March For Our Rights" pro-gun rally on the steps of the Washington state capitol. 

Ethan Kent, 26, uses a cart to transport his belongings as well as the belongings of friends away from a Ravenna encampment where he had been living for roughly a month and a half, on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle.
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Charlie Blackwood was running off three hours of sleep and seven cups of coffee when he packed up his belongings. He had been living with seven other people in a plot of woods in Ravenna, in northeast Seattle, when city crews arrived with trucks and shovels to clear it out.

Rene Reynoso, left, and Cheyenne Reynoso, right, embrace on the bunk bed in their tiny home on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Licton Springs Tiny House Village on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle.
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The Licton Springs Tiny House Village on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle differs from the other city-authorized homeless encampments

Of the six sanctioned camps, it's the only low-barrier site, meaning residents don't have to be sober to live in one of the tiny homes — spaces 8 feet by 12 feet with windows, heat, electricity and a locking door. 

Aurora, formerly the Seattle Speedway, is a relic from the early days when the city dreamed that free and easy travel by car would open its boundaries and attract people to its center.

Gregory Pleasant, 17, center, and Elijah Lewis, 18, right, raise their fists in the air before the start of March For Our Lives Seattle on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Seattle.
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It was a great awakening – thousands of people, many of them teens and preteens, marched through Seattle on Saturday morning. They joined tens of thousands more across the country calling for laws that would curb gun violence.

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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It's that time of year again. Large crowds gathered on Monday to photograph the blossoming cherry trees at the quad on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

Master David F. Leong Dragon & Lion Group members perform during the Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in the Chinatown-International District in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Large crowds gathered in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District on Sunday to welcome the year of the dog during the Lunar New Year celebration. 

Jeff Bezos laughs while touring The Spheres, which opened on Monday, January 29, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

On Monday, Amazon officially opened The Spheres, the newest addition to the company’s downtown campus. Inside, there are over 40,000 plants from all over the world. 


Raven Healing sings with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Washington group members during the Women's March on Saturday, January 20, 2018, on Pine St., in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tens of thousands of people took to Seattle streets Saturday for the Women's March 2.0. A stream of demonstrators was already heading towards central Seattle at 9 a.m., an hour before the scheduled start.

Fai Mathews makes her way from Garfield high school to Westlake Park during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, January 15, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Thousands gathered on Monday, January 15, 2018, to participate in the 50th anniversary Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. An opportunity fair, workshops and a rally preceded the march at Garfield High School. Demonstrators marched from Garfield to Westlake Park. 

Kai Kao plays a virtual reality game on Friday, November 17, 2017, at Portal Virtual Reality Arcade and Lounge in Seattle.
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"When you put on the goggles, you really are transported to whatever environment and world the developer has created for you," Tim Harader said. "Your mind just accepts it."

Rafaelle Del Pesce, 9, looks toward the sun during the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Pacific Science Center on 2nd Ave., in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

As a round-up to 2017, we had our KUOW photographer Megan Farmer pick out some of the most memorable moments she captured. 

They paint a picture of a region that grew, grieved, fought and celebrated together. 

Make sure to follow @KUOW on Instagram to see more in the coming year.

Members of the DuPont community gather to listen to mayor Mike Courts during a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at DuPont City Hall in DuPont.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Members of the DuPont community gathered Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil, organized by Cub Scout Pack #472 and Boy Scout Troop #472, to honor the victims of the derailed Amtrak train. 

Allison Adams is shown through a foggy window as she works on her laptop at Storyville Coffee on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, on 1st Ave., in Seattle.
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A warm front has brought lots and lots of rain to Seattle and surrounding areas this week. The weather is expected to continue through the weekend. Photographer Megan Farmer captured these shots around the Rainy City. 

The sunset is shown from a suspended scaffolding below the new rotating restaurant in the Space Needle on Monday, November 6, 2017, in Seattle.
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Construction on the first phase of the Space Needle's Century Project will be complete in May of 2018. When the project is done, the 55-year-old landmark will feature the first ever rotating restaurant with a glass floor.

“It’ll just be you and the view,” said Karen Olson, chief marketing officer for the Space Needle. 

Davis Shoulders, center, dances as Rise Up! Action Band member Adrienne Kerr plays the saxophone on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, during a rally at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Activists packed Seattle City Hall Wednesday night to testify in front of lawmakers and demand an end to the removal of unauthorized homeless camps.  

Many of those who spoke also support a proposed business tax that would raise funds to help combat homelessness.

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