AS Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern was well accustomed to staring down the lens of a photographer's camera.
But following his retirement from politics, Mr Ahern has found himself on the other side of the camera flash through his new passion for photography.
Mr Ahern and his wife Maeve joined the Dundalk Photographic Society last year and he even won a prize in the club's annual competition recently.
"I was a dark horse on the night - I surprised myself really," Mr Ahern told the Irish Independent. "I'm really in awe of some of the members," he added.
Gabriel O'Shaughnessy was the society's overall colour photographer of the year and the Irish Independent contributor Arthur Carron won the top prize for black and white photographer.
Mr Ahern's winning picture, 'Hanging On' can be viewed at the society's annual exhibition on Friday, April 10 at 7pm in An Tain Arts Gallery Basement in the Town Hall, Dundalk and, daily from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday until May 8.