This page last updated 1400 hrs on 1st August 2014 by Pete Lorocco.

Work for Models

Are you looking for modelling work? If you are somewhere between 18 and 35 years of age, with an in-proportion curvy or plus-sized figure, we encourage you to apply for our photographic model opportunities. We need female models with that special quality- the persona and vivaciousness that can turn heads. You'll need to be comfortable with your looks and figure. We've found that curvy girls sizes 10,12, 14 and 16 make the best models for our style of photos.
We have photo shoots and modelling work planned for Melbourne, Geelong, Alice Springs, Sydney and the Gold Coast. If you are from these areas, then please apply.
If you're from Melbourne and the right person for our shoots, we will fly you to the other states and organise accommodation for you, as well as the chance to model in some amazing locations.
Our female stylist will accompany you- and get you looking totally awesome, with expert makeup artistry and hair styling. If you're from Queensland, New South Wales or Northern Territory, we'll either come to you and bring the team- or fly you down to Melbourne.

We're looking for someone we can work with regularly over the next 12 or more months.

You'll become the cover girl model for two brand new websites, and have opportunities that people in agencies would never see.

Are you that model? If you think you are suited to this work, then we encourage you to apply.

No experience is necessary, we'll guide you through the poses, and only take the photos when you look your best. You'll soon understand how the skill of the photographer makes almost all digital retouching or computer enhancement unnecessary. Preference is allocated to applicants using the following selection criteria, in order of priority:

  1. Enthusiasm for our style of model photography, and the desire to be part of something awesome
  2. Versatility- you'll need to be comfortable in all styles of apparel, from feminine lingerie shot in romantic to spectacular settings- right through to evening wear shot with limousines or aeroplanes at the airport.
  3. Soft, attractive facial features
  4. Curves- ideally an hourglass figure, size 10, 12 or 14
  5. Availability- many of our shoots are weather dependant- you might only get 3 days' notice


Photographic modelling has no minimum height requirement- the important attributes in these jobs on offer are the shape and appearance of the face, and an in-proportion hourglass figure. There is no minimum height requirement. Our lighting techniques and photography style, will make you look taller than you are. Our shoots are ideal for models of any experience level. Our style of model photography- as you'll see in the images further down the page- shows a lot of the environment and the setting, and doesn't just focus tightly on the model. We photograph our models as part of a narrative- the picture communicates a story of time and place to the viewer. The ideal model sees herself as part of the art, where input and contribution to the final look of the image is encouraged.

All our model shoots are fully supported by female staff, in a fun, relaxed and encouraging environment. We use the most spectacular locations- absolutely stunning settings which most photographers aren't even aware of.

Winter light is soft and flattering- we can do some amazing things with far less effort, as the sun tracks lower in the sky. We have an array of indoor model shoot locations throughout Melbourne, for when the weather is too cold to shoot outdoors!
If you have wanted to get independent modelling work, without paying model agency fees, and haven't had any success in the past- or if you're totally new to it all, complete an application form, for review.

Get opportunities to model in some fantastic locations, be part of images others can only dream about.

Modelling Work Melbourne- August 2014

We have specific shoots arranged for the following dates, in or very close to Melbourne CBD.

  1. Wednesday 13th August 2014, Melbourne CBD;
  2. Wednesday 20th August 2014, Melbourne CBD;

A location just out of the Melbourne area (west of the city) has been pre-booked for a model shoot, for Saturday 23rd August 2014
If you would like the opportunity to be considered for these assignments- if you have previously applied unsuccessfully in the past-send some photos in. Selections are closing off soon.
You are welcome to complete a registration form, just click the link to apply formodelling work and jobs for models.
Browse the selection of current modelling jobs with open dates, listed as "available" right now:
  1. Waterfalls used as locations for calendar-style modelling
  2. Stunning ocean beaches used for bikini modelling
  3. Stylish art-deco interior modelling in designer-brand lingerie
  4. Urban fashion and glamour modelling
  5. Model with a private lear jet on the runway, at the airport in Melbourne
All of the above shoots are current modelling jobs, available in Melbourne right now, with shoots scheduled for weekend and mid-week dates in July, August and September 2014.

Modelling jobs listed on this page still have a current "open" status, meaning they are not yet filled or allocated to someone.
The modelling assignments suit models of all ability levels, even those who have no prior experience in modelling. If you have never modelled before, if you're looking for assignment-style work experience in modelling, we encourage you to apply.
All our photo shoots take place in settings used in the photos throughout this page, after you've been professionally styled at our studio in Dandenong South- or at a venue near the location, if it works better.
We guarantee to have you looking fantastic, and you'll remember the modelling work as a rewarding thing you did.

Please be available for an interview in the Melbourne CBD on Friday 11th July, during the late afternoon.

Why We Need the Shots

We are developing a number of new websites, devoted to modelling, on-location model photography, tutorials for photographers wanting to work with models- and we need these images to illustrate what we do. We've looked through our vast archives of model photography shoots throughout the years and notice how much many of the locations have changed- or just disappeared with the passage of time.

Some of the fashion our models are wearing in earlier shoots look very dated- so all the material needs to be reshot again.

This is a rare opportunity to be part of something good- with a female makeup, hair and styling crew that works to have you looking your very best, as well attending you during the entire shoot. Cathy- the model featured in many of the shots here on this page- will help you with expression, pose and styling, and together we'll guide you through the right expressions and create awesome images. Enjoy yourself as you earn money, for a fun shoot- or get a full set of everything we shoot- including the original camera raw negatives, something no professional photographer surrenders to the client. Receive your photos on memory card right from the camera on the day of the shoot, no waiting, no delays.

How to Apply for Our Modelling Jobs

Here's what we need from you:

  • One clear, recent headshot, no "hair-up" hairstyles
  • One clear, recent full length photo, which shows your figure, ideally in swimwear or underwear, taken in soft light
  • Contact details- your name, phone number and email
  • A brief outline of your available times, whether or not you have your own transport, and which shoots you'd like to be in

There's a link to a form near the bottom of this page. If you have trouble completing the form, simply attach 2 photos to an email, answer the brief points outlined here, and email it all to:

pete"at"wildernessimages"dot"com"dot"au
Please check your email, and follow up if you have not heard back from us within 72 hours.
Please- no "I'm interested in modelling" emails without photos- it's an "appearance dependant" business- we need to see how you look!

Succeeding at Modelling- Getting the Jobs

Modelling is a highly competitive pursuit, but there are things you can do in order to stack the cards in your favour. Here's what we suggest, if you're doing all you can to get work as a model in Melbourne:

  • Try to see it from the perspective of the person advertising the modelling job- do you fit the brief of the ideal candidate?
  • Modelling assignments are always time-sensitive. Be available- apply only when your time is without clutter!
  • Make it easy for your application to stand out- send in clear photos which do you justice, not dark blurry shots.
  • Put some personality into your application- this tells us more about you, and helps us decide who to select for an interview.
  • Follow up with an email or phone call- many times our offers of work to potential models go unanswered.

Normal, Curvy Girls Make the Best Photographic Models

The perfect models for the shoots listed on this page, would be size 10 - 14 curvy or hourglass figured. You need to be happy within yourself- what that means is that you can't dread looking in the mirror! Our lenses take between a size- and a size and a half off you- so you'll look great. The assignments featured on this page are a top priority- if you're interested, get your details and photos in, and ensure your pictures are clear, recent, and big enough that we can see how you look!

Some of the most important information about modelling for our commercial shoots is right here, please read this carefully!

Often when a modelling job is offered, the person writing the job description has an very clear picture of the right look of the models needed for the shoot. This is one instance where filling the criteria is paramount to getting an interview.

Models Needed for Nature Based Location Photography: July and August 2014

We're in urgent need of some great new photos for our stunning new web site, which is in the final stages of development. Amazing opportunities exist right now, for female models between the ages of 20 and 35 to be part of it all.

If you like what you see on this page, and can confidently step up to be part of some eye-catching stunning images in similar locations, send some pictures in to us.

You'll be looked after by a female stylist, who is an ex-magazine model. We'll produce images of you that will make other photos you might have had done, pale by comparison.

You'll need to be someone who is passionate about the outdoors. Models who see the beauty in the environment and can see themselves in the same style images as what we display here should apply. You also need to be resilient when modelling outsided for photos- sometimes the weather is cold! Regardless of how lovely and inviting the locations look in our photos, often the reality is very different. We shoot at unusual times of the day, sometimes very early morning, sometimes we shoot late in the evening. This is to take advantage of the flattering light which prevails at these times. It also means less chance of crowds, and people wandering into the background of your shots, which can happen quite easily in a popular public area.

You need to be an actress too- be able to create the look, with the right demeanor and most importantly- the required facial expression, right on cue.

If you're comfortable about who you are, and can turn up to a shoot with no baggage or followers, then we'd love to hear from you. There is an enquiry link, where you can attach a couple of photos to a form- further down this page.

We get many applications, such as the one you are considering now. We get enormous interest in this page from many people, our work is demanding in some ways but it is also very rewarding aesthetically- as you get to have shots done in locations most people will never get to see- even though they're around the corner. We have very clearly defined attributes of the ideal models for our work. At the risk of stepping on toes... I will try to outline some of these for you as gently as I can. We don't accept photos and applications by email- only via the application form within this web site, which you will find via a link on this page, once you have read everything here.

Apply Now, for Modelling Work

The only way to apply for our modelling jobs is via the link further down this page, which leads to the application form.
Here are some of the modeling shoots on offer; we need to fill these as soon as possible, in particular the beach, lear jet and waterfall shoots. The link to the application form is elsewhere on this page. If you are considering applying, please ensure you have two photos taken in good clear light, in which you are standing up, and "please read carefully"- NOT wearing black. The reasons will be explained further down this page.

Someone who is in the "correct" weight for height proportion is not necessarily the ideal model. Ideal weight for height are not always a representation of our population- our target audience- reality. Please understand the the nature of our lighting and equipment takes between one and one-and-a-half sizes off a person, so ideally the person we select would be someone who thinks they could still lose 4-8 kg. They will photograph beautifully- that's a guarantee! On the other hand- the correct weight for height, trim, toned and athletic model, with the tan- or heaven forbid- spray tan or solarium tan- will not photograph well with our gear- nor do they match the target audience for our images.

If you are selected as the right person for our shoot(s) we will provide a female makeup artist and hair stylist throughout the shoot, who will attend to you from the minute you arrive, until we are finished. We will provide accessories, makeup, hair and styling, and collaborate with you in regards to what styles of garments we plan to use, before we engage you for a shoot. If we want you to wear blue, and your colours are earthy, it's not a good mix- better for everyone to be clear on this from the beginning.

If you are going to apply, please give yourself the best chance possible. We want to shoot with the right models just as much as models want the best shoots and results for themselves.

In order of importance, the following selection criteria are considered:

  • Figure
  • Attitude
  • Looks

Your figure needs to be curvy- tending to hourglass. Plus-size models- size 10,12 or 14 girls are great- for our style of shots where the emphasis is on curve and femininity, rather than an athletic sporty look. If your plus-sized modelling attributes are all in the right places, then go ahead and complete an application!

Your attitude needs to be right- enthusiastic, motivated, no baggage, no drama or grief. And certainly no hangers-on!

Looks are subjective (Google it) - we're not after a Barbie Doll type here- and most often, the looks that draw attention in nightclubs are not the looks we want in a model. So the best thing is to give it a go, and send in a couple of photos, using the link which can be found at the bottom of this page.

If you lead a really busy life, where everything competes constantly for your time, and you have a hectic social agenda, then this is definitely not for you. Melbourne Modelling Work is ideal for someone who is available on short notice, has their own independant transport, and ready for work on 24-72 hours' notice.

In order to succeed at modelling- to even get past an initial meeting- you need to be switched on, sharp, and a self starter, otherwise you are wasting everyone's time- including your own- and as your desire to succeed becomes greater, you begin handing over money (to agencies) in order to dream the dream.

This web page is the final page of our old web site, and it is over 10 years old. As such, it urgently needs replacement. The new design is complete, the new web site is online, and we just need a model for the images. You need to be able to see yourself in images like those which appear in the scroller below, on the page you are on right now. For this shoot, if you are around 165cm in height, your ideal weight would be 56-59 kg. If you are 175cm in height then we'd be looking for a model around 65-68kg. Our lighting and camera lenses tend to take a size or more OFF the model, so for this one, these criteria are vitally important.
We work wonders with photography- but not miracles. How everything sits and stacks up is important- but by now you would have an idea as to whether or not you are in with a chance!

You can take a look at our new Melbourne Wedding Photographer web site, which is online now. It will give you an idea of how we shoot our weddings, this style also carries through to our bridal fashion photography assignments.

Send in Your best Photos- Please Follow the Guidelines

Make sure that the pictures you send in to us really are RELEVANT to what you want to do. They need to be crisp and clear, you need to be looking directly at the camera and the photos need to be well lit- no artistic light play, no shadows on your face, and certainly no soft focus or harsh contrast, like strong sunlight and deep shadows. You need to be instanty recogniseable- no "Saturday night party" type shots, and no "hangover photos" from your phone. If you are considering a modelling career, then it would be expected that you would have some better pictures to market yourself with. If you don't have the right photos now, please wait until you do- if the pictures aren't right, we disregard the application, even if you are a superstar of tomorrow.

This means, that your photos show you in a light which, when assessed by us here, helps us perceive you in the style of shots that we shoot. Don't send pictures of yourself you have taken with your phone, don't send cutouts from shots of you with friends- and absolutely no pics with more than one person in them.

The full length shot requirement is for just that- a full length photo, where you are standing up, and the photo is taken from the front Full length photos should show you from knees up, wearing either two-piece swimwear or underwear, so that we can see your shape.

When you send in photos to apply for modelling work, the pictures need to sell you; they need to show your suitability for the shoots we have planned.

Keep this in mind- we only have the images you send in to us as a guide for our selection- so do your best!

How you look, apply and present really is everything. Don't put yourself at a disadvantage by sending lousy photos. The number of people who ring me and say "I really do look better - they were just bad shots I sent in...".

If you don't have them now, then wait until you have better photos.

We will not waste your time with meetings or interviews. We will only call you in if we are confident we can offer you something paid, right away. We are not an agency. We don't "sign up" models, we don't shoot portfolios, despite countless requests.

To be eligible for the above opportunities, you need to have a hairstyle which is "single" color- no multicolor, no foils, no tips, very conservative, ideally around shoulder length or a little longer. You need well defined cheek bones, and fairly symmetrical facial features. We prefer people with fair to lightly tanned complexion, and between size 10 and size 14. The successful model applicant will be in a campaign using beauty and glamour shots- on a website dedicated to professional model portfolio photography.

Be sure to mention "Learjet Shoot" on your application form, if you complete one. This is a great opportunity for modelling in a different environment and location. Images used for web advertising. Shots will be taken inside the jet- whch has a stunning boardroom style interior conference area, as well as on the tarmac at the airport. It's all organized- we just need the right talent to fit the selection criteria.

If you've always wanted to be a magazine model, in a news stand magazine, and wondered where to start - this might be just the opportunity you need to get you going. No agency fees, no photography fees, no charges for anything - if we feel confident that we can place you into something, you will get an interview, if we cannot, then you won't.

At the interview it's up to you - provided that you loook like the person in the pictures  you sent in to us, the rest will lbe determined by your attitude and how suited to the shoot you are. We are professional photographers who regularly shoot for magazines, and prefer to source our own models, rather than dealing with model agencies.

If you are interested in any of these- or other modelling shoots on this page, complete an expression of interest form here, and send it in to us. Remember to carefully follow the instructions on the form!

Can you make it on your own, with excellent self promotion and management?
In a word "yes".
Competition is fierce- you can't afford to take your eye off the ball for a second!
There are some basic commonsense things you can do to enhance your chances- you can read about them below.
If you've ever wondered whether or not you have "what it takes" to be a model, find out now, by completing our "expression of interest" form here and attaching two photos.
You won't be invited for an interview unless we are sure we can give you an almost immediate start!

Two photographs- not one- should be attached to the form. Please read the guidelines carefully. We reject incorrectly completed forms.

Modelling shoots avaialable throughout Winter and Spring 2014 on amazing, photogenic waterfalls and beaches in Victoria
If you're good to go in swimwear and lingerie, then submit an application.
This and other shoots are available in stunning locations- for more info, and the chance to be in images like those shown below, complete an expression of interest form and attach a couple of pix here.

You will be in front of a huge audience- not to mention our client base!
If you love water and want to be part of these paid swimwear shoots, complete an expression of interest form here for more info. Be sure to include the shoots you are interested in, on the form.

Complete, without errors, an expression of interest form. For more information, see the checklist here.
Apply for our:

  • Melbourne Fashion, Lingerie and Swimwear Shoots in July, August and September 2014
  • Even more fashion, and editorial style modelling opportunities are available for models with exceptional talent. Looks are crucial to these shoots- it is imperative that you posess the right physical attributes.
  • You need to be able to interact well with other models on the shoot.

We're looking for our next Model of the Year- for 2015 
There are some fantastic modelling shoots, modelling opportunities and prizes up for grabs, as well as pre-booked space in fully clothed fashion magazine pages, to start you off!
Complete an expression of interest form to receive more info. Be sure to include 2 pix- one close up and one full length, and read the modelling guidelines carefully before you complete the form!

Topic index: click the relevant link to read more about the topic of your choice.

   
Paid Commercial Modeling shoots- Models wanted Melbourne Read more
What can you expect in pursuing a self managed career as a model? Read more
Do you have what it takes to make a serious go of modeling as a part time or full time career? Read more
Should I have a model portfolio taken? Read more

OK, I think I can do it- what should I do next?

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Here are the styles of images we'd like to shoot- if you can see yourself in pictures like this, send in some example photos!

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What's the advantage of pursuing a self-managed career as a model- as opposed to joining an agency? What are the benefits and pitfalls?

As a self managed model, you are responsible for sourcing your own work, responding to enquiries, securing your job bookings, turning up, and collecting the money. It's not quite as daunting as it sounds- for someone who is truly passionate about success, the road is quite easy- as there are so many who simply don't turn up on shoots- that the opportunities for the "good ones" are out there! Photographers are continually on forums, expressing disappointment at models who fail to show up- if you can gain a reputation as a reliable model, word will spread quickly, and you will be streets ahead of 95% of others out there. All for following basic courtesy and commonsense!

The downside to all this, is that you need to be your own manager, you need to see yourself as a "mini enterprise" and behave accordingly, treat your clients with courtesy and respect, and stay "on your toes". Stay on your toes all the time- not just when the idea runs hot in your mind- success is not built on fleeting attention and temporary concentration.
The opportunities are out there- maybe not on the "free folio" sites of the muddy waters of the internet, shooting with clueless photographers... but if you know where to look, the good jobs can be found!

More upside to all this though- you get to work with a diverse range of people. You have opportunities to travel, to get magazine and web exposure, and more often than not, get paid on the same day you sign off on the job, usually on the day of the shoot. You'll have the opportunity to make enduring friendships, in an industry where a lot depends on "who" you know. Your greatest source of referrals will be other models you have worked with, make-up artists who have worked with you, and of course, the photographers and clients themselves. Far more "in favour" of this system, than "against".

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How do I know if I have what it takes to succeed as a model?

Only you know yourself- the real you!

Success in modelling- while dependent to a certain extent on your physical attributes- relies a lot on how you handle yourself as a person- how others perceive you and how you interact with other people. Countless times we've seen the person who was "not the ideal choice" scoop the assignment, through sheer determination, and tenacity. Look at how you live, how reliably you have kept appointments and commitments, are you are a breeze to deal with; or a drama queen- the answer will be starting to reveal itself by now!
Don't give up your day job- nor should you jump into modelling as a way of making quick money, funding your overnight retirement- or because your friends on your online chat page say you "should do it". These are all the wrong reasons!

If you have an eye for design and fashion, look after yourself well, take direction and responsibility well, and understand what a professional work environment is, then go for it! So many let "themselves" down... so if you are persistent, good things will be yours quickly!

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About modelling portfolios, folios, test shoots and what you really need.....

In an ideal world, you don't need a portfolio- you just need someone to walk up to you with the contract and cheque!
However- in the real world, this seldom happens- so you need your tools of trade! It's amazing what a handful of simple, clear photos which show you as you look normally, will do for you. If you want portfolio images, ensure they are done by someone who is creating images that reflect your own personal style- if you're an earthy person, techno-style images won't work for you. The portfolio images which work hardest for you- the ones which every casting director and client needs to see first are these:

  • One clear head and shoulders shot, presented in natural colour
  • One normal perspective, standing full-length colour photo in underwear or bikini, that shows your figure
These will be the ones that get you the most work. The creative director or art director will be able to build their vision of the finished look on those pictures.

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I'm ready to take the next step- no obligation, no commitment from either side, just get some feedback on my chances.

Ok- so you want to give it a go- see what you think, what we think, and possibly what the audience thinks?

See that you don't make any mistakes in completing the form, or in attaching images.

Please read the instructuctions below, and follow them to the letter.

These tips will get you in with the best chance.
Please read them- it is amazing how many people continue to make the mistakes we draw attention to here:

  • treat it seriously- not as something to do because you are bored;
  • answer the questions truthfully, include your name-first name and last name- as it appears on your photographic ID which you will need to bring to an interview if there is one.
  • Be realistic- especially about your expectations and aspirations, your abilities and availabilities;
  • Have 2 photos in your computer to attach to the form- a full length shot, and a face shot- be sure they are recent and ensure they are in jpg format- no word doc files, no psd, no tiff, and no zip! Must be jpg extension only- and make sure- absolutely sure that you have a full length photo and a face shot;
  • DO NOT send photos which have more than one person in them i.e. "Saturday night party" shots.
  • DO NOT wear sunglasses or hats or beanies in shots you submit- these won't get you in with a chance at all.
  • The "full length photo" must have you standing up- not lying down or sitting or kneeling.
  • Submit one- only one form- if you get an error message, or if something appears to be malfunctioning, email just two photos- one full length one in swimwear or underwear, and a good clear face shot- to pete*at*wildernessimages*dot*com*dot*au. Multiple forms are automatically rejected, before we even get to see them, and your originating email address will be auto blacklisted by the system.
  • be contactable- by phone.
  • Know when you are available for interview.
  • Promptly acknowledge any communication you receive from us- even if you've changed your mind.

Please read, and read again, the next line:
Be certain you have completed the form completely and correctly- with two recent photos attached. Ensure that one is a face shot and one is a full length underwear or swimwear shot, and that both are representative of your CURRENT look. We've had some great people apply- but with only one photo- and some with incomplete information on forms. It's amazing what people will do to kill an opportunity.

Important: All applicants please read:
The most common errors on forms are, in order:
1: no surname- your surname along with your first name, goes in the "name" field of the form;
2: only one photo attached instead of two photos;
3: full length photo is either "not" full length, or has been taken sitting or lying down;
4: more than one person in the photo;
5: the applicant is unrecognizeable in the photo (blurry, poor lighting, head half chopped off)
6: wearing black in the shots - a big "no";
7: no "suburb" specified in the "suburb" field;
8: you are not on the current version of this page- check the date beneath the banner at the top- the update should be within 21 days. If not, then you're on an old page which will NOT process your application.

And while we've got your attention...

If you are able to name your image files- the pictures you send to us- it helps us a lot! If your name is, for example: "Sally Smith"; call your headshot: sally-smith-headshot.jpg and your full length photo: sally-smith-full-length.jpg because... if you provide an image with a name that already exists in our database, YOUR copy will be deleted by the system, before we even get to see it!

Remember- you're applying for this for yourself, so give yourself the best chance.
Submissions must match criteria, in order to be considered.
Take it seriously, and we'll take you seriously.
No exceptions.

Never worry about whether or not you are good enough, or stress about a couple of extra kilos you think shouldn't be there! A good photographer will know instantly how to bring the best out of you, and our lenses take between a size, and a size and a half OFF, so it's a lot easier for us to work with someone who is a few kilos over the weight they would like to be- and that's not a joke!

Please check your email after you have submitted the form; add us to your list of contacts. Sometimes our auto-replies get cut by system filters, and wind up in the junk mail. Do check your different email folders, don't miss out.

It's happened more than once!

Do not email us asking if there is any modeling work going.. when you are reading the page which has the answer to all of your questions right here...

Call our studio on 03 9554 3279 between two and four business days after sending in your pix. If we do not hear from you 96 hours after receiving your form, we will delete your details and pictures from our system.

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Before you go ahead, PLEASE ENSURE you have read every single word on this page.

THEN to complete a registration form, click here , or to return to the top of this page click here.

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