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  • Dr. Harvey, who is world famous, will receive the Luminary Award for his renowned career as a diver, oceanographer, angler, film maker, and marine biologist.
  • Dr. Harvey’s body of work has transformed appreciation of the ocean and marine life across the world.
  • Dr. Harvey’s work in ocean conservation is carried out through a network of organisations, including the Guy Harvey Research Institute.

Jamaican born marine wildlife artist, oceanographer and film maker, Dr. Guy Harvey, is one of the notable Caribbean-Americans to be honoured at the 20th Annual Caribbean American Heritage (CARAH) Awards Gala, to be held on November 22 at the J.W. Marriott, in Washington, D.C.

Dr.  Harvey, who is world famous, will receive the Luminary Award for his renowned career as a diver, oceanographer, angler, film maker, and marine biologist.

With a network of partnerships through his many companies, Dr. Harvey’s commitment to the preservation of the sea and his body of work has transformed appreciation of the ocean and marine life across the world.

Currently touring to promote his latest film, ‘Tiger Shark Express’, Dr. Harvey’s artwork  can be seen on boardwalks and beaches all across the United States and the Caribbean. His colourful depictions of sea life are inspired by his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler.

Growing up in Jamaica, Dr. Harvey enjoyed all that the sea had to offer by fishing and sailing. He also filled sketchbooks of the colourful aquatic life he observed and began selling his artwork.

He launched his first art exhibition in 1985 with 44 of his pen-and-ink drawings, inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’.  He has also done floor-to-ceiling murals at the Fort Lauderdale Airport and Nova Southeastern University, in the United States.

Dr. Harvey’s work in ocean conservation is carried out through a network of organisations, including the Guy Harvey Research Institute, which works to protect fisheries around the world; and the Guy Harvey Outposts, a collection of resorts that inspire guests to enjoy the ocean, promote sustainable tourism, and engage in activities that do not interfere with nature.

Created in 1994, the Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala is presented by the Institute of Caribbean Studies, founded by Dr. Claire Nelson. The Institute works to recognize outstanding individuals of Caribbean heritage in the United States.