The first London Street Photography Festival brought amazing exhibitions, topical discussion and practical workshops to town in July crystallising the city's appetite for the discipline and opening up debate around it.
The Stand Your Ground film testing photographers' rights around the city has been viewed over 140,000 times, the festival's flagship show - the first of Vivian Maier's work in the UK - attracted attention in the papers and acclaim from punters and the exhibition of Walter Joseph's photographs of London street markets in the 1940s has been extended by the British Library until 24 August.
So there's plenty of demand for a part two in 2012. But high profile, month long festivals don't happen by magic. This one was organised on a shoestring by a passionate and determined team but it needs popular and financial support for a reprise. So, to close this year's festival and start looking ahead to the next, a big celebratory fundraising event happens next week and you're all invited.
If you enjoyed the festival, get a ticket. You'll be able to bid on prints from the festival, have fun with photographic experiences, win prizes, snaffle food, quaff vodka and mingle with other photo mad types.
Lots in the special silent auction include prints by artists featured at the festival, signed photography books, a camera and a tour for up to 7 people around the King's Cross Central development site. If you can't make the party, you can still bid for the lots you want.
It all takes place at the beautiful German Gymnasium at Kings Cross, where the Vivian Maier exhibition was held, on Wednesday 24 August between 6.30-10pm. Tickets are £20 which includes entry, finger food, drink and a raffle ticket and a night's worth of networking with the London photo community and photography enthusiasts.
Find our more at www.londonstreetphotographyfestival.org