One thing that we’re truly blessed with at Thrash Hits is the number of top-level photographers who contribute to our site. We’re not just shuffling hyperbole here – our snappers can regularly also be found gracing the pages of The Guardian, Rock Sound, Terrorizer, Big Cheese, Bizarre, and the BBC, to name but a few. And since we’ve been going over our greatest hits of 2012 these last few days, how could we not take a moment to look back at their greatest shots that have graced Thrash Hits during the last twelve months?
We asked our photographers to suggest their favourite shots of the year, but being the control freaks that we are, we also picked a few of our own favourite shots. Before we get into the pretty pictures, please take a minute to acknowledge just who are various snappers are – go check out their websites, browse their portfolios, and join us in thanking them for all the hard work they’ve done on behalf of Thrash Hits in 2012.
The best gig shots of 2012
Our photographers covered the length and breadth of the UK (well, truth be told, just England) throughout 2012, and some of their best work comes from the day-to-day work of shooting bands in their most natural habitat – getting sweaty during a live performance.
Download Festival 2012
Download Festival is pretty much the busiest weekend of the year for our photographers at Thrash Hits. Long after Hugh and Raz have finished dicking about in front of a video camera with bands and have retreated into a boozy fug, Gary Wolstenholme and Ben Gibson will still be in the press tent, huddled over their laptops as they upload their final shots of the day to our website. For that reason, we owe them a massive debt of thanks – check out their superb work from this year’s festival in the gallery above.
Bloodstock Open Air 2012
Bloodstock Open Air might not have the size and scale of Download Festival, but you’re much more likely to get a guy covered in fake blood and/or wrapped up in a load of of leather and spikes, which for obvious reasons make much, much better photos. This year our photographer bossman, Gary Wolstenholme, was joined by fellow Northerner, Jenn McCambridge, to cover everything ridiculous and OTT going on at Catton Hall in August.
Leeds Festival 2012
Gobinder Jhitta was on hand as our roaming snapper at this year’s Leeds Festival, but by far his best shots from the northern leg of Festival Republic’s big event were the snaps he took from on the main stage during Cancer Bats’ killer early-morning set.
Although we’ve got a fine cadre of photographers we’re proud to say contribute to Thrash Hits, we are always on the lookout for fresh talent. If you’re a dab hand with a camera, love shooting live music, and think you can measure up to the shots you see above, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your portfolio, as well as a few details about whereabouts you’re based. While obviously we’re a predominantly British-orientated site, we’re open to international submissions too, so don’t fret if you happen to live in Europe or the USA.