Shed of the Year Competition in pictures

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of competitive shed design! As the judges of the Shed of the Year competition annouce the finalists, we look at the kookiest designs living at the bottom of gardens. 

Richard Pim, from Pembridge, a finalist in the eco category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol for his Bottle Grotto shed. The shed has been selected from over 2,000 entries by more than 20,000 public votes. The winner will be announced during Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year series, to be aired over three episodes, starting on 24th July at 8pm. As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol and a commemorative winners wooden plaque for their shed.

Teapots, tiki and Titanic: not words you usually associate with garden sheds. But for the judges at Shed of the Year, unusual and eyecatching designs are all part of the day’s work.

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Cuprinol’s Shed of the Year showcases the craziest, most imaginative sheds from around the UK, with eight categories including Pub, Eco and, for the first time, TARDIS sheds – a design so popular, the judges had to create its own group.

This year, the finalists will be featured in the three-part television series Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year airing on Channel 4 on the 4th of July.

Ian Hunter from Roxburghshire, a finalist in the unique category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol for his Teapot shed. The shed has been selected from over 2,000 entries by more than 20,000 public votes. The winner will be announced during Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year series, to be aired over three episodes, starting on 24th July at 8pm. As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol and a commemorative winners wooden plaque for their shed.

Shed-devotee and head sheddie Andrew Wilcox (or Uncle Wilco as he is more fondly known) launched the Shed of the Year Competition to celebrate the best and strangest garden sheds in Britain. Fellow judges will include last year’s winner Alex Holland, George Clarke and his expert team, craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.

Some of the more wild designs include a teapot, a retro fairground and a dome made almost entirely of glass bottles.

“With more shed entries than ever before and a record breaking public vote, the nation’s love of sheds is clearly growing,” said Uncle Wilco.

“Every year the entries just get better and better, so deciding on who will be crowned Shed of the Year 2014 will be no mean feat.”

Richard Pim, from Pembridge and his shed Charlie Browns, a finalist in the pub category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol. The shed has been selected from over 2,000 entries by more than 20,000 public votes. The winner will be announced during Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year series, to be aired over three episodes, starting on 24th July at 8pm. As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol and a commemorative winners wooden plaque for their shed.

Past winners have included a perfect replica of a Roman temple and a rugby shed kitted out with a working bar.

The overall winner will be announced on the 7th August and will win £1000, a wooden plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products and a giant crown to adorn their victorious design. 

For more shed-tastic facts visit the Reader Sheds website here.

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Here are some more of the finalists. Which one is your favourite?

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Stephen from Wakefield, a finalist for his Lodge's Tiki Bar in the pub category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol. The shed has been selected from over 2,000 entries by more than 20,000 public votes. The winner will be announced during Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year series, to be aired over three episodes, starting on 24th July at 8pm. As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol and a commemorative winners wooden plaque for their shed.
Gary Curd from Yalding, a finalist in the pub category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol for his Golden Pheasant shed. The shed has been selected from over 2,000 entries by more than 20,000 public votes. The winner will be announced during Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year series, to be aired over three episodes, starting on 24th July at 8pm. As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol and a commemorative winners wooden plaque for their shed.
Darren Stride, from Great Yarmouth, a finalist in the normal category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol. The shed has been selected from over 2,000 entries by more than 20,000 public votes. The winner will be announced during Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year series, to be aired over three episodes, starting on 24th July at 8pm. As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol and a commemorative winners wooden plaque for their shed.
White Lodge shed by John Leaver from Steeton, a finalist in the cabin/summerhouse category of the 2014 Shed of the Year competition sponsored by Cuprinol. The shed has been selected from over 2,000 entries by more than 20,000 public votes. The winner will be announced during Channel 4's Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year series, to be aired over three episodes, starting on 24th July at 8pm. As well as the prestigious title, the winner will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsors Cuprinol and a commemorative winners wooden plaque for their shed.