Photos of the Year: 2012 Winners: Student POY: 2012poy14_01_01

Student Photographer of the YearCarolyn Van Houten, UNCOne day when Jacob Pittman was two, he went silent.  He would not speak to or connect with anyone around him.  He was diagnosed with autism.  After years of therapy, he finally began to emerge from his own world once more.  Despite the therapy, he still retreats back into his world when he becomes overstimulated by his surroundings, such as on a playground.

Student Photographer of the Year 

Carolyn Van Houten, UNC 

One day when Jacob Pittman was two, he went silent. He would not speak to or connect with anyone around him. He was diagnosed with autism. After years of therapy, he finally began to emerge from his own world once more. Despite the therapy, he still retreats back into his world when he becomes overstimulated by his surroundings, such as on a playground.