Strictly speaking, these should be the LAPIDDY Awards - for Liberty Alliance Project Identity Deployments of the Year. Rolls off the tongue too.
I think of the stated criteria (e.g. demonstrable ROI and benefits, etc) as loose 'best-practices' for judging rather than normative MUSTs and SHOULDs.
Any deployment that uses a spec I have an emotional attachment to might just have an advantage. Show me a People Service implementation, even if only sketched out with lipstick on a cocktail napkin and coded in Fortran, and start planning what you'll wear on stage when you accept (assuming I can sway the others).