(Photo credit: Sheila Layton, Persona 1; Director’s Selection)

In their jurors statement, Darren Ching and Debra Clomp Ching noted that Sheila Layton’s Persona 1 linked the image as evidence and as an extension of imagination.

The forest tableaux that Layton presents inhabits both realms, alternating between forensic document and birthday girl tripped up in enthusiasm. The interpretation is decidedly open ended. That said, Persona 1 certainly demonstrates the narrative power – and the power to generate narrative – of a singular photograph.