SXC was formed in 2001 as a free alternative to commercial photo stock agencies. It was intended as a creative community where members can exchange images for inspiration or work. It bills itself as the world’s best free stock site. Over the years, the community has grown to be one of the biggest online. According to SXC it has more than 2.5 million registered members from around the globe with over 400,000 photos. The SXC site has numerous categories and sections on various picture subjects. Its major categories are comprised of abstract, architecture, business, computers, concepts, nature, objects, people, places, seasons and events, signs, streets and cityscapes, transportation and world. The site carries blogs, tutorials, chats and forums. SXC has now been acquired by Getty Images.