the given answer to Aart is only "half the reason" for this "phenomen" in the Upload Q or the number of added photos.
The other important and most significant key factor in the upload Q are all the photos left for Johan for a final decision. I guess you are not aware of the fact, that all the photographers of these photos (current 55 - since many weeks that high!) keep there position in the upload Q until Johan has decided about these photos - they have an "Upload Freebie" - a service which should be VIP Class with US$ 5 per day!!! (and not free to block all other contributors to this site)
A small example:
The Q is at around 4000+ photos. You upload your batch and you are in the region 500+ photographers with 4000+ photos in front of you - but - within the photographers infront of you are also the above "Upload Freebies". Their upload queue looks like eg. 20 photographer and 30 pics infront of you - ALL
THE TIME. So every upload batch they made will be screened within a few hours - like this you can upload up to 1-2 batches with 30 photos each every day !!!! Believe me, this is true and all happens always infront of a normal photographer fighting against his position in the Q. I have seen for example photographers in the last week with an upload almost every day (with normal subjects, nothing new!). Not all, these "Upload Freebies" can also monitor their time of upload because they are in the very front of the queue. (it's a know fact that photos uploaded in the morning of the first day, get many more views - for those concerned about this)
This upload Q is very unfair and nobody takes care about it !!!
Robin, the SA346 was great. I think many photographers had taken it - how great would it be, when we have a FIFO queue and all uploaded picture in the same evening would be published with the same conditions for ALL
photographers. Today we first see those from the "Upload Freebies" and other lucky right now in the front of the queue - some days later the middle position photographers and maybe in a week time those having no other photos already in the Q.
IMHO a.net is like this NO platform to share pictures among photographers and I understand meanwhile why many photographers uploading photos on different sites. I would really enjoy when the crew can explain, why they don't want to change this nasty weak point in the upload queue
I hope for all photographers that we see soon a fair clear handling of our uploaded photos.