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Here are our 12 favorite photos from April

April was filled with the signs of spring, including blooming cherry trees and baby animals. Our photographers captured the NBA playoffs, the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi, the SheTech Explorer Day and other notable moments from last month.

Here's a look back at the month of April with our favorite 12 photos from Deseret News photographers.

See the world through the eyes of award-winning photojournalists. Click through the gallery above and scroll below to view the unique images our visual storytellers captured. Follow the official Deseret News Instagram account for more photographs and videos from the staff.

Utah Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Crocker hugs his children, Kaiden and Anabelle, at Roland R. Wright Air Base in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, as the guard's Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, “Big Red,” returns
Utah Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Crocker hugs his children, Kaiden and Anabelle, at Roland R. Wright Air Base in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, as the guard's Echo Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery, “Big Red,” returns from a deployment in the Middle East.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Lilly Fluckiger holds a chick during Baby Animal Days at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Lilly Fluckiger holds a chick during Baby Animal Days at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville, Cache County, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Worshippers participate in the celebration of the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi at the state Capital in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Worshippers participate in the celebration of the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi at the state Capital in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
Silas Walker, Deseret News
The 433 Yoshino cherry trees that line the .7-mile Memorial Walkway around the state Capitol begin to bloom in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 8, 2019.
The 433 Yoshino cherry trees that line the .7-mile Memorial Walkway around the state Capitol begin to bloom in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 8, 2019.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Megan Jewell makes sparks by hitting two steel balls (one wrapped with tinfoil) together during SheTech Explorer Day at the a Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
Megan Jewell makes sparks by hitting two steel balls together, one with tin foil wrapped around it, as thousands of young women take part in the SheTech Explorer Day, at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Skyridge forward Mackenz Goodwin eye the ball during match against Wasatch at Skyridge High School in Lehi on Friday, April 12, 2019.
Skyridge forward Mackenz Goodwin eye the ball during a high school boys soccer match against Wasatch at Skyridge High School in Lehi, Utah, on Friday, April 12, 2019.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Lone Peak rises above the clouds as the setting sun illuminates the peak in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Lone Peak rises above the clouds as the setting sun illuminates the peak in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) high-fives the crowd after scoring and getting fouled during Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs against Houston at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 22, 2019.
Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) high-fives the crowd a after scoring and getting fouled during Game 4 of Utah's NBA playoff series against the Houston Rockets at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 22, 2019.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News
Kyler Jones, 9, smiles as he takes his gavel after being elected Senate president by fellow third-graders during a mock senate session at Windridge Elementary School in Kaysville on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Kyler Jones, 9, smiles as he takes his gavel after being elected senate president by fellow third-graders as state Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, conducts a mock senate session at Windridge Elementary School in Kaysville, Utah, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Brandon Lesniak jumps his mountain bike at the I Street Bike Park in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
Brandon Lesniak jumps his mountain bike at the I Street Bike Park in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
Silas Walker, Deseret News
A Starbucks drive-thru is closed as Salt Lake City firefighters and police investigate a crash at the corner of State Street and 2100 South in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 22, 2019. A pickup truck and an RV collided, sending the RV into a Starbucks dri
A Starbucks drive-thru is closed as Salt Lake City firefighters and police investigate a crash at the corner of State Street and 2100 South in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 22, 2019. A pickup truck and an RV collided, sending the RV into a Starbucks drive-thru area and knocking out power to the traffic light.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News