istockphoto.com is an online distributor of royalty-free and stock photography based in Calgary, Canada. The company was founded in May 2000 by Bruce Livingstone, who realized that there were no convenient ways for people to access a wide range of stock photograph pictures on the Internet. iStock quickly grew and today is one of the most popular stock photo and royalty-free photo sources online. Owned by Getty Images, the website accepts photographs, illustrations, videos and audio from independent artists and then makes it available for users to purchase using a system of credits. The service boasts millions of customers and more than 10,000 contributing artists.