The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has launched a new way for Missourians to take pride in and show off their transportation system. The Social Media Cover Photo Contest started the end of November with the first winning photo chosen Thursday, Dec. 7.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has launched a new way for Missourians to take pride in and show off their transportation system. The Social Media Cover Photo Contest started the end of November with the first winning photo chosen Thursday, Dec. 7.

The contest organizers encourage anyone to submit their best transportation-related photo to the department's social media sites. The winner gets his or her photo posted as the cover photo for MoDOT's main social media sites for a month. The submitted photos must be taken from a safe location. Photos that appear to be taken while driving will be automatically disqualified.

The first winner of the contest was Cody Quint, of Cooper County, who submitted a photo taken of the Interstate 70 bridge over the Missouri River at the Cooper/Boone county line.

"I was canoeing at Big Muddy and had my drone," he said. "So I took some photos. And I submitted them because who doesn't want their pictures to be the cover photo for MoDOT?"

Join the competition and submit your transportation photos today at MoDOT's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MoDOTStatewide or their Twitter page: https://twitter.com/modot .