Shed of the Year finalists revealed
A boat-shaped den complete with a top deck, a replica Tardis and a cider bar have been revealed as finalists in the 2013 Shed of the Year competition.
The sheds are included in a list of eight in the final stage of the contest, which saw 1,975 entries from enthusiastic "Sheddies" across the UK. Almost 14,000 public voters helped whittle down the search for the nation's best shed for the competition, which is in its seventh year.
The finalists were voted category winner in each of the eight categories - eco shed, garden office, cabin/summerhouse, workshop/studio, unique shed, pub shed, Tardis shed and normal shed.
They will now automatically receive a place in the final, which will be judged by Sarah Beeny, Kevin McCloud, Shed of the Year founder Uncle Wilco and 2012 winner John Plumridge. The overall winner, who will be announced during Shed Week on July 1, will receive £1,000 courtesy of sponsor Cuprinol.
Kathryn Ledson, marketing manager for Cuprinol, said: "Sheds are vital to the British identity, which is why Cuprinol is delighted to sponsor Shed of the Year. The competition celebrates the very best of British sheds and gets bigger and better every year. It's fantastic to see the passion and creativity that goes in to each and every shed entry - it's this that makes Shed of Year sponsored by Cuprinol the unique and inspiring competition it is today."
Queen Emma Galleon is the winner of Best Normal Shed. The boat-shaped shed, owned by Clare Kapma-Saunders, from Southampton, was modelled on HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. It boasts a top deck, rigging, skull and cross bones, a hammock and captain's quarters.
Marcus Shields, from Camden Town, north London, has won Best Eco Shed with his brightly coloured, sustainable entry, Eco Bike H00se. The shed, which houses Mr and Mrs Shields' 11 bikes, has a pretty wildflower roof and recycled yogurt carton cladding.
Nest Design Studio, which has stunning views of Dartmoor, is used as a workspace by Jonathan Sullivan, of Modbury in Devon. It has been named Best Garden Office.
Abigail Walker, of Pangbourne in Berkshire, used her love of vintage style to create quirky and industrial style Cabin Habit, a corrugated steel den. Her shed, which has drawn influence from a Nissen hut, has won Best Cabin/Summerhouse.
Luke Hollingworth, a retired guerrilla artist known as "Syd", was a finalist in the 2012 competition and resubmitted The Stencil Shed after working on it for the past year. Mr Hollingworth, from Malmesbury in Wiltshire, uses his shed - named as Best Workshop/Studio - to house his artwork. It features a smiley face optical illusion, a cider bar and full-sized gorilla.