Photos of the Year: 2014 winners: POY student: 2014POY_13_49

Student Photographer of the Year: Runner UpRay Whitehouse, UNC Chapel HillOn Oct. 10, 2014, North Carolina became the 29th state to allow gay marriage. After more than 34 years together, Stanley Finch and Jeffery Beam got married on Nov. 29, 2014. Beam and Finch, both born and raised in North Carolina, said they wanted to get married to celebrate their relationship and exercise their right to equality under state law. Their act of matrimony legally redefined their relationship and the two formally became family members. \{quote}We never thought this day would come in our lifetime,\{quote} said Beam. It\'s \{quote}hard to think it is real and not some joke.\{quote} At the Hillsborough County Register of Deeds office, Stan, left, and Jeff, right, take a marriage oath swearing that the information they have provided is accurate and that there is no legal impediment to them getting married.

Student Photographer of the Year: Runner Up

Ray Whitehouse, UNC Chapel Hill

On Oct. 10, 2014, North Carolina became the 29th state to allow gay marriage. After more than 34 years together, Stanley Finch and Jeffery Beam got married on Nov. 29, 2014. Beam and Finch, both born and raised in North Carolina, said they wanted to get married to celebrate their relationship and exercise their right to equality under state law. Their act of matrimony legally redefined their relationship and the two formally became family members. \"We never thought this day would come in our lifetime,\" said Beam. It\'s \"hard to think it is real and not some joke.\"

At the Hillsborough County Register of Deeds office, Stan, left, and Jeff, right, take a marriage oath swearing that the information they have provided is accurate and that there is no legal impediment to them getting married.